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South by Southwest goes on after crash kills 2
by KHOU.com staff & AP ^ | March 13, 2014

Posted on 03/13/2014 4:03:07 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Fleeing police, a driver gunned a sedan through a street barricade and into a crowd of South by Southwest festival attendees shortly after midnight Thursday, killing two people, injuring 23 others and casting a pall over one of the nation’s hippest celebrations of music, movies and technology.

The driver struck multiple pedestrians around 12:30 a.m. on a block filled with concertgoers, then sped down the street, hitting and killing a man from the Netherlands on a bicycle and an Austin woman on a moped, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said. The driver eventually crashed into a parked van and tried to flee on foot before police used a stun gun to subdue him.

(Excerpt) Read more at khou.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: drunkdriver; music; southbysouthwest; sxsw
Let's hope he doesn't get another chance behind the wheel.
1 posted on 03/13/2014 4:03:07 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement
I might have known, Just another one of Obummer’s sons.
2 posted on 03/13/2014 4:08:03 PM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

He is facing at least two counts of capital murder and up to 23 counts of aggravated assault.

He will spend the rest of his life in prison.


3 posted on 03/13/2014 4:13:54 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: ConservativeStatement

Police chases are crazy from the get go. We had a lady and her Mom killed at an intersection because of a Police chase! They know where he is just cordon off the streets and wait for him to surface! They have the tag and the vehicle!
If he goes on foot you got his info! Needless killing of innocents to bolster the Badge Image of Blue and Red Lights Siren and gun locked and loaded!
Oh the lady was from out of town, just came in to pick up her wedding dress for her wedding on that next Sunday!
The guy they were chasing had a traffic warrant and was not Drunk!


4 posted on 03/13/2014 4:15:43 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: DocJhn

Incredible!


5 posted on 03/13/2014 4:18:20 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

If Obama had a drunk whack job son...


6 posted on 03/13/2014 4:18:57 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

7 posted on 03/13/2014 4:23:13 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Jane Long

Looks more like Mooch. That fermented arugula is a killer.


8 posted on 03/13/2014 4:31:11 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Just an aside, but the hipster SXSW had Kanye and J-Z as headliners last night. Hipsters aren’t even hipsters anymore, just media stooges..


9 posted on 03/13/2014 4:51:43 PM PDT by cardinal4
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To: cardinal4

Old story, Same as it ever was. Gathering becomes popular, is then infiltrated taken over and transformed into a tool of Democrat politics.

It is hilarious to me how both SXSW and Cochella...hell Burning Man have gone from average feel good hippy liberal to full bore for profit Dem vote recruitment.

What is more hilarious is when you look at the people attending, they are against a lot of things libs stand for today. Cronysm, NSA stuff...

Stupid. It’s whats for dinner.


10 posted on 03/13/2014 4:57:39 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

Yep. Once something becomes “mainstream”, the Kanyes and the Maddows take it over. If there is one mediot I hate it is Kanye, I would love to see him get stripped of all of his wealth and have to live in the ‘hood, like he “writes” about..


11 posted on 03/13/2014 5:01:42 PM PDT by cardinal4
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To: cardinal4

Personally I’m waiting to see “Occupy Burning man”. I heard tickets this year were going in the Thousands online ... of dollars that is.

Gee...sounds almost like...capitalism.


12 posted on 03/13/2014 5:13:17 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

Interesting.
I thought Burning Man was libertarians gone wild?


13 posted on 03/13/2014 5:17:40 PM PDT by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

Used to be a huge rave. Now it’s corporate with lots of Global warming ‘green energy’ crap and Dem campaigning.

Still rave, but now with added politics.


14 posted on 03/13/2014 5:22:04 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: nascarnation; Norm Lenhart

I read an article once about Burning Man. Everyone attending iirc has to be able to provide something to the effort. Money is not used - you exchange services/ barter. Lots of people have things set up for business with t-shirts, food, etc.

People that are more “spectators” still have to “provide” something if they want something (like food, etc.). IIRC a joke, a “smile”, etc. are all worthwhile for certain things. It sounds like a big hippie-fest, but underneath is the old “you don’t get something for nothing” attitude.


15 posted on 03/13/2014 5:24:03 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Wow ...Burning Man with David Axlerod and Jim Messina.

Somehow that just seems like it would kill the buzz bigtime...


16 posted on 03/13/2014 5:24:18 PM PDT by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: 21twelve

Yeah there are several FReepers that attend, can’t remember their names...just surprised that it’s turned into a Democrat love fest...used to be very anti-govt.


17 posted on 03/13/2014 5:26:51 PM PDT by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

Check out some of the recent info on it. SerieZly. It ain’t what it used to be. Yea it’s still a huge party with sex drugs and acid Techno, But not what it was by a long shot.


18 posted on 03/13/2014 5:26:56 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: nascarnation

Also, if you remember a few years back, Burning man almost got canceled by California over environmental concerns and a couple other things that required ‘permitting’. So you can guess what sorts of ‘concessions’ were made to be allowed the ‘privilege’ of ‘buying’ permits so that it could continue...


19 posted on 03/13/2014 5:31:09 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

Isn’t BM in Nevada?


20 posted on 03/13/2014 5:33:43 PM PDT by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

Brainlock..Yup. Same idea though. Permitting was required. Deals were forced.

I’m so used to Cali screwing people over outdoor events I choked on it. Sorry about that.


21 posted on 03/13/2014 5:35:23 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: ConservativeStatement

22 posted on 03/13/2014 5:59:48 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: ConservativeStatement

According to mySanAntonio.com, Owens was convicted of a DWI and leaving the scene of an accident in November 2011 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

There was an active warrant out for his arrest at the time of the SXSW crash. Court records from Alaska show a Rashad Owens, whose age matches the SXSW suspect, having three arrests. One for a DUI in October 2011:

Read more at: http://www.heavy.com/news/2014/03/sxsw-crash-suspect-rashad-charjuan-owens/


23 posted on 03/13/2014 6:00:24 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

This was mentioned in the original article posted, too:

Public records obtained by the AP show that, as a 19-year-old, Owens was charged and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Fairbanks, Alaska, in October 2011. He was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident, but that charge was dismissed.

Records also show that in September 2010, Owens was arrested in Texas by the Killeen Independent School District police for criminal trespassing. He pleaded guilty and was convicted in October 2010.


24 posted on 03/13/2014 6:01:52 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Oliviaforever
He is facing at least two counts of capital murder and up to 23 counts of aggravated assault.

He will spend the rest of his life in prison.

You don't know Travis county grand juries I take it. The Travis county DA was basically "no billed" for a DUI a few months ago for crossing over center lines, slurred speech, failed field sobriety test, disputing allegations in the county courthouse, abused the staff in the county jail. She spent a few days in jail, but was still paid for the time served.

She had an OPEN bottle of vodka on the front seat when she was stopped. Texas has an open container law which prohibits any alcoholic container within the reach of the driver. It was between her legs with no cap in the car.

25 posted on 03/13/2014 6:19:42 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: kcvl

And has “six children between here and Alaska” according to our local news.....at 21 years old.


26 posted on 03/13/2014 6:26:41 PM PDT by txmissy
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To: Oliviaforever

Local news said they were going for the death penalty . That was this morning .


27 posted on 03/13/2014 6:36:13 PM PDT by katykelly
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To: txmissy

Busy fellow...taxpayers are paying for them I’m sure!


28 posted on 03/13/2014 7:41:01 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: ConservativeStatement

Driver in deadly SXSW crash had 2011 DUI, other charges in Fairbanks

A driver who drove into a crowd and killed two people at this year’s South by Southwest concert in Austin Texas early Thursday had a prior 2011 driving under the influence conviction in Fairbanks.

Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, gunned a grey Honda Civic through a street barricade at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. He struck multiple pedestrians on a block filled with concertgoers, then sped down the street, hitting and killing a man from the Netherlands on a bicycle and an Austin woman on a moped, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said. The driver eventually crashed into a parked van and tried to flee on foot before police used a stun gun to subdue him.

He will face two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle, Austin police said Thursday afternoon in a statement. Formal charges are still pending. The statement did not provide a city of residence.

Public records show that, as a 19-year-old, Owens was charged and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Fairbanks in October 2011. He also was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, but that charge was dismissed.

He also was charged in Alaska with criminal mischief related to a May 2012 incident. Court records show a warrant was issued for him in October 2012 after he failed to appear in court and the case remains open.

Records also show that in September 2010, Owens was arrested in Texas by the Killeen Independent School District police for criminal trespassing. He pleaded guilty and was convicted in October 2010.

Police said the incident Thursday morning started when an officer on a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop a vehicle. Acevedo indicated the suspect was drunk, but drunken driving was not among the charges police said Owens would face. Acevedo said investigators have obtained blood samples and were testing them.

Acevedo said he believed Owens was so intent on evading the police that he willfully drove into the crowd.

“The bottom line is, when somebody’s acting intentionally, and this is a person that was trying to get away, it’s very difficult to stop,” Acevedo said, adding later: “It’s clear for me from his actions, from what I’ve seen, that this is an individual who showed no regard for the human beings that he plowed through in his attempt to get away.”

Acevedo said the crash transformed Red River Street - which is on the northeast edge of an Austin entertainment district that’s packed at all hours of the day and night during South By Southwest - into “basically a very long crime scene.”

The crash was loud enough to shake the living room of Kirk Visser’s condo, two stories up.

“I knew I had heard metal on a body,” said the 47-year-old, who stepped out on his balcony to see people screaming and running in all directions.

Hours later, a pool of blood and bits of broken taillight were still in a crosswalk at the scene, with a trail of crimson droplets leading to the sidewalk. Still, concertgoers streamed in for another day of festivities, and by early afternoon, bass boomed through the area as bands played scheduled concerts nearby.

Now in its 27th year, South By Southwest has grown from a small showcase for up-and-coming bands to an international extravaganza, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors and top music and Hollywood stars.

Acevedo said the festival had never experienced a similar deadly incident before.

Roland Swenson, the festival’s managing director, said events would continue “through this tragic time.”

“I think it would probably cause more problems for everyone to show up and be turned away from a show than to just move ahead,” Swenson said.

Three people were in critical condition Thursday afternoon, up from two earlier in the day.

“We are going to do our best for them, but these are some of the worst injuries that we see and not everybody with these kinds of injuries is going to survive,” said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, the emergency department director at the University Medical Center-Brackenridge, about three blocks from where the crash occurred and where most of the victims were taken.

Massive Music, a company with offices in Amsterdam, New York and London, said employee Steven Craenmehr, 35, died suddenly in Austin. Additional information wasn’t available.

The Travis County medical examiner identified the other person who died as 27-year-old Jamie Ranae West of Austin. West was on the moped that was struck. Her husband, Evan West, was among those hospitalized.

The names of the other injured people were not released.

Public records obtained by the AP show that, as a 19-year-old, Owens was charged and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Fairbanks in October 2011. He also was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, but that charge was dismissed.

He also was charged in Alaska with criminal mischief related to a May 2012 incident. Court records show a warrant was issued for him in October 2012 after he failed to appear in court and the case remains open.

Records also show that in September 2010, Owens was arrested in Texas by the Killeen Independent School District police for criminal trespassing. He pleaded guilty and was convicted in October 2010.

Police said the latest incident started when an officer on a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop the driver at a gas station a few blocks away. The car took off, weaving between parked cars, and racing the wrong way down a one-way street.

The driver rammed through police barriers - three wooden pieces held up by metal poles - forcing an attending police officer to dive out of the way near The Mohawk nightclub, where the bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up and rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m.

Next door, Ted Evans, 29, watched singer-songwriter Kurt Vile on the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie’s nightclub when the New York City resident said he heard what he thought was a gunshot.

“There was blood on the ground. I saw some people who had blood on their hands,” said Evans, who said police canceled shows at both clubs shortly after the incident.

The driver continued down the street, hitting a bicyclist, two people on a moped and a taxi before striking a van.

One bouquet of flowers sat by a telephone pole in front of The Mohawk on Thursday afternoon. Daytime concerts there and next door were canceled, but Thursday evening’s slate of bands was to go on as scheduled.

http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/driver-in-deadly-sxsw-crash-had-dui-other-charges-in/article_872bbf52-ab19-11e3-b672-0017a43b2370.html


29 posted on 03/13/2014 7:44:17 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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I don’t see how they would let this perp off. The Capital Murder may be hard to stick to him and they will instead stack the murder and assault charges and sentence him to 500 years.


30 posted on 03/13/2014 7:54:13 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: mongo141
A 21 year old rapper with 6 children.

Pillar of the community.

http://www.khou.com/news/texas-news/250229711.html

31 posted on 03/13/2014 8:04:21 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: Oliviaforever

Since I live in Travis county, I’d love to be on the jury. I’d make sure this guy gets the needle. I’d volunteer to be the foreman of the jury and make notes during the entire hearing as well.

The reason I said what I did in my previous post is that we’ve had some people with as many as six previous DUIs and the jury gave them probation. It this had been in Williamson county, the could bet he gets the needle.


32 posted on 03/14/2014 5:55:50 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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