Early Thursday morning, an adult male driver trying to evade a DWI checkpoint crashed into a stream of pedestrians gathered in downtown Austin, killing two and injuring 23. One of the two fatalities has now been identified as Steven Craenmehr, a 35-year-old MassiveMusic employee from Amsterdam in town for the SXSW festival and conference, the music portion of which began Tuesday, March 11.
At a follow-up press conference held this morning, Austin Police Depeartment Chief Art Acevedo told reporters the male and female adults pronounced dead at the scene were not sharing a moped, as the police thought earlier, and that one of the fatalities was an adult male cyclist from the Netherlands. While the department didn't release the victims’ names, music agency MassiveMusic has updated their web site with the terrible news:
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our close friend and colleague Steven Craenmehr, 35, on March 13th, 2014 at SXSW. During the 8 years that Steven worked for MassiveMusic, we got to know him as an unstoppable force, full of life, love and laughter. This is an irreplaceable loss for the MassiveMusic family and we are grateful for the years we spent with him. Our thoughts are with Steven’s family and friends.
Two of the 23 people injured in the tragic accident remain in critical condition.
Rashad Charjuan Owens has been identified as the suspect who is believed to have plowed through temporary barricades near the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas early Thursday, killing two and injuring 23 others.
Owens, 22 and of Killeen, was identified by the Austin Statesman.
The sudden crash shocked bystanders and photos shared from the scene immediately after the crash showed bodies on the ground and people crying.
Dozens of people were waiting to get into The Mohawk to see Tyler the Creator as part of South by Southwest, the music festival.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said that Owens, who is in custody, will face two charges of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault.
One of the victims, a man from the Netherlands, was riding a bicycle when he was hit.
The other dead person was an Austin woman who was riding a moped. The man on the moped is in stable condition.
Five of the injuries were termed life-threatening.
All of the injured were quickly transported to area hospitals.
Owens took off from a drunk driving stop going the wrong way down a street and plowed through the barricades, trying to run from police.