2 Dead, 23 Injured, in Drunk Driver Rampage at SXSW: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Vehicular Manslaughter at SXSW 2014Car barrels through crowd at 9th and Red River during SXSW 20142014-03-13T05:58:09.000Z

Two people were killed and 23 more were injured when a driver ran through a crowd of people waiting to get into the Mohawk nightclub, reports CBS Austin. The crash happened at around 12:30 a.m. local time on March 13.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The Suspect Was Tasered at the Scene

Cops have a suspect in custody. He was tasered at the scene but was unhurt during the crash. The suspect is likely to face murder charges.

2. He Drove on to a Street Closed Off For the Festival

According to police the suspect was “fleeing from arrest.” He drove the wrong way down a one-way street before turning on to Red River, a street closed off to traffic during the festival. The man was being pulled over by cops at a checkpoint designed to curb drunk driving.

3. Medical Staff Are Very Concerned About 2 of the Critical Victims

SXSW press conference

Dr. Ziebrell addresses the media.

At a hospital press conference, Dr. Ziebrell told the media he was very concerned about the critical condition patients. He said they were among the worst injuries he sees. Both have head trauma. Another patient listed in serious condition is suffering from a spinal injuries. The doctor commented that all of the victims were in their 20s.

4. The 2 Fatalities Were Riding on the Same Bike

The two people killed were a man and a woman on a bike. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The man was from the Netherlands.

5. The Crowd Were On Line to See Tyler the Creator

Tyler the Creator SXSW Crash


Among the acts on the bill were Tyler the Creator and The Black Angels.