Car Plows Into SXSW Crowd, Killing 2

23 injured; driver to be charged with capital murder

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 13, 2014 3:25 AM CDT | Updated Mar 13, 2014 4:28 AM CDT

(Newser) – At least two people were killed and 23 injured—five of them critically—when a car sped into a crowd in downtown Austin just after midnight, plowing through barricades set up for the South by Southwest music festival. The incident left victims scattered along a city block where several clubs are located, reports the AP. Witnesses say they saw the car speeding down the street with a police car in pursuit. The driver gunned the engine "and I was thrown up in the sky," a victim with an injured leg tells the Austin American-Statesman. Police say the suspect, who sped off after being stopped on suspicion of DUI, is in custody and will be charged with two counts of capital murder, KXAN reports.

A patient is carried away after being struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas.
A patient is carried away after being struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)
The crowd scatters seconds after pedestrians were struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas.
The crowd scatters seconds after pedestrians were struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)
People are comforted after being struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas.
People are comforted after being struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)
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