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Third Person Dies in Tragic SXSW Hit-and-Run

SXSW Tragedy
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A woman who was critically injured during last week’s crash at SXSW in Austin, Texas has died, police and family have confirmed.

According to the American-Statesman, Sandy Le was pronounced dead early Monday morning (March 17).

“Anybody who had the privilege of knowing her would tell you she’s just full of life,” said Le’s brother-in-law, Stuart Gates. “Not to sound cliche, she would just brighten up a room when she would walk in. She had an amazing quirkiness about her that was irreplaceable.”

The 26-year-old concertgoer was injured on March 13 when police say 21-year-old Rashad Owens crash through the barricades and plowed into a crowd of people while trying to evade authorities.

Two other people, Jamie West and Steven Craenmehr, were pronounced dead on the scene. Six other people remain in the hospital in either fair or good condition, while another person, DeAndre Tatum, is listed in critical condition. In total, three people have died and 22 people have suffered major injuries following the crash.

According to a police affidavit, Owens fled from an officer who tried to pull him over early Thursday morning. He then drove his car past barricades on Red River, where bystanders and police say he plowed through pedestrians without once hitting his brakes.

Owens is currently in jail and was charged with two counts of capital murder for the deaths of West, and Craenmehr, a 35-year-old musician from the Netherlands.

We send our prayers and condolences to all the people who have been affected by his unfortunate tragedy.

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