Drunk driver kills two at SXSW

Bystanders react after several people were struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas, at SXSW

3/17/14: Hospital officials say third person has died of injuries suffered by the SXSW crash.

UPDATE: The Austin Police Chief said on Thursday afternoon that the suspect of the drunk driving incident is facing two counts of capital murder -- the highest offense that you can charge someone with -- as well as multiple counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.

"That vehicle was used as a weapon and he will be charged with those crimes," he said.

Lee Leffingwell, Mayor of Austin, said that this is the first time that anything of this nature has happened in the event's 27-year history, and they will "continue to evaluate all of our events to make sure they are as safe as they can possibly be."


(AP) -- A Dutch music company has identified one of the victims of a suspected drunken driver that barreled through barricades at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin.

Police Chief Art Acevedo said one of two people killed early Thursday was a Dutch citizen riding a bicycle.

Massive Music, a company with offices in Amsterdam, New York and London, said one of their employees died suddenly in Austin and identified him as 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr. No one at the company responded to phone messages requesting additional information.

Police say the driver also struck a moped, killing the woman on it. A man on the moped and 22 pedestrians were injured.

The driver was expected to be charged later Thursday, when his name would be released.

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