UPDATED: Early this morning, around 2am, outside The Mohawk bar a live music venue at the South By Southwest Film Festival a car charged into a crowd of people as well as a taxi cab. The incident has currently resulted in 2 fatalities declared on scene and five of 21 injured have been left in a critical condition. The Austin Police Department have assured other SXSW attendees that a scarce incident of this result “is extremely rare” at South By Southwest.
The Austin Police Department’s Police chief Art Acevedo has stated that the accident started as a Drunk Whilst Driving, DWI stop at a gas station on the I-35 access road. The Austin Police Department Police has said that the driver will be charged with two counts of capital murder, as well as 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. However, the driver and victims are still to be publicly identified.
The accident has been reported to be the result of a car crashing into a barricade set up at Red River St. and 10th Street in downtown Austin leading the driver skidding to 9th Street. The area between the I-35 access road and Neches Street, and stretching from 10th to 11th Street, will be closed for most of Thursday.
The driver was chased after attempting to flee and was as a result tased and arrested after police responded to the incident at 2:15am. All information related to the drivers blood alcohol intoxication level will be released shortly. A tweet from Austin Police has confirmed that “The names of the deceased will not be released until proper notifications have been made.”
UPDATED: Video Footage
– This footage and first hand accounts confirm that the chase was vehicular with two or more police cars engaged. It also confirms that the car involved in the hit and run was a Subaru type gray vehicle. Latest news has also just been reporting that it is possible that the driver could be convicted with the Death Penalty, with the charges including two counts of capital murder, as well as 23 counts of aggravated assault.
UPDATED: SXSW Rescheduling
The South By Southwest Film Festival’s organizers have announced, that in cooperation with local authorities dealing with the continuing investigation around the Mohawk bar and live music venue, they have rescheduled events that had been planned for that venue and other surrounding venues.
SXSW also commented on the accident saying “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tragic accident that took place last night here in Austin. We appreciate and commend the first responders as well as the city agencies who so quickly sprung into action.”
This is a breaking news story and we will continue to update this article as we establish more details in relation to the incident.
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