Victims have been fighting for their lives since a drunk driver plowed through a crowded block in Austin, TX during this year’s SXSW Music Festival on March 15.
Unfortunately a teenage male has just succumbed to his injuries, raising the death total to four.
Reports NBC News:
DeAndre Tatum, 18, died from injuries he sustained in the March 13 collision in which about two dozen people were mowed down on a street closed to vehicles, Austin Police said. He had been listed in critical condition.
Two people hit by the driver — Jamie West, 27, and Steven Craenmehr, 35 — died the day of the crash. A third person, Sandy Le, 26, died from her injuries on March 17.
Tatum’s girlfriend, Curtisha Davis, 19, suffered critical injuries stemming from the crash — including broken bones and a neck injury. She was released from the hospital March 18, according to NBC affiliate KXAN.
Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, from Killeen, Texas, has already been charged with one count of capital murder and is being held on $3 million bond, the Austin Police Department said on its website. More charges are likely.
Owens was discovered to be an aspiring rapper who drunkenly grew impatient with his friends after they wanted to stick around the future crime scene a bit.
He then allegedly stole a car, which ultimately proved to be the weapon of mass destruction.
With Texas unflinchingly executing rappers for capital murder charges this year, it will be interesting to see how prosecutors proceed in handling the charges in this case.
View the gallery to pictures of “Dre.” May he rest in heavenly peace.