Deandre Tatum, 18, from Fort Worth, Texas, has become the fourth person to die following the horrific SXSW drunken car wreck. Aspiring musician Rashad Owens is accused of plowing through the crowd outside of a music venue during SWSW. Four people have now died as result of the crash.
He joins Jamie West, 27, Steven Craenmehr, 35 and Sandy Thuy Le, 35, who lost their lives on March 13 in Austin, Texas.
R.I.P. Dre Tatum
— #ChastenKing:)!.. (@I_Hate_Slowmo) March 27, 2014
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Just Graduated in 2013
Tatum had just graduated from Trimble Tech high school in Fort Worth in 2013. The Star-Telegram reports that the school are providing counseling to distraught students at this time.
2. Tatum Suffered Brain Damage
Tish and her boyfriend were hurt by a suspected drunk driver who plowed into the crowd at South by Southwest. De'Andre Tatum hurt worse.
— Jim Douglas WFAA (@wfaajdouglas) March 13, 2014
3. He Was Knocked Out of His Shoes
According to his mother, at the time of the crash, Tatum was hit so hard he was knocked out of his shoes, reports CBS DFW.
Sandy Le, 26, is the third SXSW victim do be pronounced dead after an alleged drunken-driving rampage by Rashad Owens.Click here to read more
4. Tatum Was in a Medically Induced Coma
— Joangel Concepcion (@JOANGELFOX4) March 14, 2014
He had been in a medically induced coma since the crash at 12:30 a.m. on March 13. Tatum had been in intensive care at the University Medical Center Brackenridge.
5. Tatum Worked 2 Jobs to Support Himself
One friend said that Andre is a, “real good kid, stays out of trouble. I think he had like two jobs.”
The news of DeAndre Tatum's passing is very sad to us @Austin_Police. Our thoughts & prayers go out to family & friends may God comfort all.
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) March 27, 2014
A fatal crash at 12:30 a.m. on March 13, killed two people and left many more injured at SXSW. The suspect, Owens, is an aspiring musician, a father of six and was performing in Austin just before the incident.Click here to read more