Sandy Le is the third person to be pronounced dead after a drunken driving accident at the popular music festival SXSW in Austin, Texas. The 26-year-old resident of Austin was has been in serious condition since the accident early Thursday morning.
Here is what you need to know:
1. She Was Pronounced Dead Monday Morning
Stuart Gates, Le’s brother-in-law, confirmed to the press Thursday that the 26-year-old was pronounced dead Monday morning. The Statesman reports that it was “standing-room-only” in her hospital room where more than 20 family members gathered today.
2. A Website Was Created to Donate to the Family
Late last week, a website was created that allowed people to contribute money to help with Le’s costly hospital bills. The site accrued over $6,500 and dozens of comments from people sending regards.
She was in critical condition from her admittance into the hospital early Thursday until her death.
3. She Is From a Vietnamese Family
The Statesman reports that Le was raised in a Vietnamese family in Pass Christian, Mississippi. She was the youngest of four children and was described as amazingly quirky by her brother-in-law, who said she could brighten up a room.
4. 6 Injured People Are Still in the Hospital
Of the 24 people injured in the incident, seven were taken to the hospital and two were pronounced dead at the scene. With the loss of Le, there are still six people in the hospital. One of the six, DeAndre Tatum, remains in critical condition.
5. Rashad Owens Could Get the Death Penalty
Rashad Owens was reportedly fleeing from police and intoxicated when he drove a large car onto a pedestrian only street at SXSW. He is currently in prison with bail set at $3 million for the three killings.
Owens is being charged with capital murder because the deaths occurred while he was fleeing police and there were multiple victim. For this crime he could get the death penalty.
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