Fourth Person Dies in Tragic SXSW Hit-and-Run Car Crash
An 18-year-old high school student is now the fourth person to die from the tragic car crash that happened two weeks ago at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
DeAndre Tatum, a 2013 graduate from Trimble Tech High School, died at the University Medical Center Brackenridge on Thursday (March 27).
A Fort Worth, Texas native, Tatum was hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit after a drunk driver, Rashad Charjuan Owens, plowed through pedestrians at SXSW on March 13.
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
Four people have now died from the crash, including Sandy Le, Jamie West and Steven Craenmehr.
Dre’s girlfriend, 19-year-old Curtisha Davis, who is recovering from her critical injuries in the crash, is devastated by the loss of her boyfriend.
“Rip to My love ;/ im really goin threw it,” she tweeted on her Twitter account. “Im stuck n lost of words. Im so dam hurt right now.”
Owens is in jail on $3 million bond. The 21-year-old was charged with two counts of capital murder for the deaths of West and Craenmehr.
According to KXAN News, police have video showing Owens driving his vehicle into the crowd without stopping. “The Honda accelerating into crowds, not simply crowded areas but crowds of people who are hit by the car and flung into the air,” states the arrest affidavit. Austin police had to used a stun gun on Owens in order to stop the car pursuit and arrest him.
Owens’ brother, Lamar Wilson, told the American-Statesman, that Owens borrowed a car from a friend and was headed to SXSW to perform.
“I can’t grasp it. I can’t believe it,” Wilson told the newspaper. “Everything was going good. We were just there trying to perform, and it made a whole other turn.”
We want to send our condolences and prayers to the families of DeAndre Tatum and Curtisha Davis.