SXSW Drunk Driver Facing 4 New Charges & Additional $500K Bail

FUSE TV - SXSW Drunk Driver Facing 4 New Charges & Additional $500K Bail

Update (4/20): Rashad Owens is facing four new charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Austin-American Statesman. The new charges reportedly stem from injuries ranging from scratches to a fractured neck. Owens now faces a total of 24 charges of aggravated assault. Police also tackled on an additional $500,000 to Owens’ $5 million in bail. 

UPDATE (4/1): The driver, 21-year-old Rashad Owens, has also been charged with 20 counts of aggravated assault. He's already been charged with one count of capital murder for the incident that left four people dead.

UPDATE (3/27): Two weeks after a drunk driver drove into a crowd in Austin during SXSW, Austin police confirm a fourth person passed away from injuries sustained during the crash.

UPDATE (3/17): Sandy Le, a resident of Austin, passed away on Tuesday. Le, who was last listed in critical condition, is the third person to die as a result of the crash. 

UPDATE (3/13): Mohawk Bar, which was one of the sites of this morning's accident, has announced in conjunction with SXSW that it will go on with its scheduled shows tonight. "After talking with the Austin Police Department, we have determined that the most prudent course of action is to move forward with the SXSW shows scheduled at the Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie's tonight. If we were to turn away potentially thousands of people who will arrive to see the shows, it would create a serious safety issue," said SXSW Founder Roland Swenson in a press release.

The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens. According to the Austin American-Statesman, Owens was arrested in Alaska in 2011 for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. He also has an open warrant in the state.

Original story: Two people were killed and ten others remain hospitalized after a drunk driver plowed through a barrier and into a crowd early Thursday morning at SXSW in Austin, TX. A total of 25 people were hurt during the incident, and of those ten still in the hospital, five suffered life-threatening injuries.

According to Austin police, the driver, whose name will be released later today, was initially pulled over at a nearby gas station under the suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Before police could approach the vehicle, the driver sped away from the gas station and down 9th Street before making a right turn onto Red River Street, where he crashed through a gate and into a crowd lined up at Mohawk Bar to see Tyler, the Creator's set at House of Vans.

From there, the suspect continued to speed down Red River Street, crossing 10th Street before striking a man on a bicycle and two people riding a moped. He came to a stop on 11th Street after hitting a taxi and a parked van. The suspect fled on foot, but was Tasered by police and apprehended. The manriding the bike, who has been identified by the creative music firm MassiveMusic as employee Steven Craenmehr, was pronounced dead at the scene. So was one of the two, a woman, on the moped. The other occupant of the moped, a man, remains hospitalized.

According to police, the driver will be charged with two counts of capital murder and multiple other counts of aggravated assault. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a press conference on Thursday afternoon that he considered the incident an "intentional act." Acevedo also stressed that he believes SXSW should continue, saying that a cancellation of the festival would be "a win for evil."

Festival directors announced Thursday afternoon that SXSW will go on as planned, with the exception of events scheduled to take place on the streets that now constitute the crime scene. Those will either be rescheduled or cancelled; Stereogum, which had its showcase set for this afternoon at Mohawk, announced that it has been canceled.

Roland Swenson, the managing director of SXSW, said on Thursday that this is the first time that there has been a "loss of life" at the festival. Police told reporters that they were first notified of the incident at 12:32 a.m. local time, and that trauma victims were removed from the scene and transported to area hospitals within 15 minutes. Other victims with less severe injuries were taken away within 47 minutes.

We think you'll enjoy these related videos below and for more great content featuring your favorite artists, sign up for Fuse+ to access all our videos.

Cherub SXSW Interview: Fuse News

2m

Cherub SXSW Interview: Fuse News

Lady Gaga Interview 4: SXSW 2014

1m

Lady Gaga Interview 4: SXSW 2014

Meet SXSW Secret Superstars Houndmouth: Fuse News

2m

Meet SXSW Secret Superstars Houndmouth: Fuse News

Festivals: SXSW 2013: New Beat Fund Talk Warped Tour Excitement, First SXSW Trip

3m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: New Beat Fund Talk Warped Tour Excitement, First SXSW Trip

Inside Justin Bieber's Surprise SXSW 2014 Set: Fuse News

1m

Inside Justin Bieber's Surprise SXSW 2014 Set: Fuse News

Cody Simpson Is "Drunk in Love" With "Surfboard": Fuse News

2m

Cody Simpson Is "Drunk in Love" With "Surfboard": Fuse News

Lady Gaga Talks Being Vomited On, State of Her Career at SXSW Keynote Address - Part 4

1m

Lady Gaga Talks Being Vomited On, State of Her Career at SXSW Keynote Address - Part 4

SXSW 2014: Big Freedia  "New Album Drops as Soon as the TV Show Drops"

3m

SXSW 2014: Big Freedia "New Album Drops as Soon as the TV Show Drops"

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Wavves on New Album: "We Didn't Have Any Money"

1m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Wavves on New Album: "We Didn't Have Any Money"

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Cold War Kids on 'Experimental' New Album, Covering Depeche Mode & Nick Cave

2m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Cold War Kids on 'Experimental' New Album, Covering Depeche Mode & Nick Cave

SXSW 2014: Mack Maine Talks Young Money's New Album, 2014 Plans

5m

SXSW 2014: Mack Maine Talks Young Money's New Album, 2014 Plans

How Regurgitation Artist Millie Brown Prepared for Lady Gaga's SXSW Show: Fuse News

2m

How Regurgitation Artist Millie Brown Prepared for Lady Gaga's SXSW Show: Fuse News

SXSW 2014:  Kelis on Her New Album 'Food' "We Were Just Joking and Eating and Cooking and Writing"

3m

SXSW 2014: Kelis on Her New Album 'Food' "We Were Just Joking and Eating and Cooking and Writing"

Festivals: SXSW 2013:Skylar Grey Reveals Eminem's Influence on Her New Single, "C'mon Let Me Ride"

3m

Festivals: SXSW 2013:Skylar Grey Reveals Eminem's Influence on Her New Single, "C'mon Let Me Ride"

Festivals: SXSW: SXSW Panel Tom Conrad From Pandora

2m

Festivals: SXSW: SXSW Panel Tom Conrad From Pandora

Festivals: SXSW: SXSW Panel Seth Goldstein From Turntable.fm

4m

Festivals: SXSW: SXSW Panel Seth Goldstein From Turntable.fm

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Joy Formidable

1m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Joy Formidable

Festivals: SXSW: SXSW Panel Steve Jang From Soundtracking

5m

Festivals: SXSW: SXSW Panel Steve Jang From Soundtracking

Festivals: SXSW: SXSW Panel Marc Ruxin From Tastemaker X

2m

Festivals: SXSW: SXSW Panel Marc Ruxin From Tastemaker X

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Bean interview

2m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Bean interview

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Prince Performance

1m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Prince Performance

Festivals: SXSW 2013: South by Southwest Preview

1m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: South by Southwest Preview

Festivals: SXSW 2015: Wyclef Jean Interview

4m

Festivals: SXSW 2015: Wyclef Jean Interview

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Watch The Duck interview

2m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Watch The Duck interview

Interviews:DevilDriver Borrowed Limp Bizkit's Human Skull for New LP Cover Art

4m

Interviews:DevilDriver Borrowed Limp Bizkit's Human Skull for New LP Cover Art

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Falll Out Boy 2

3m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Falll Out Boy 2

Festivals: SXSW 2014: Lady Gaga Interview 5

1m

Festivals: SXSW 2014: Lady Gaga Interview 5

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Surfer Blood Interview

3m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Surfer Blood Interview

Festivals: SXSW 2013:Airborne Toxic Event  Interview

4m

Festivals: SXSW 2013:Airborne Toxic Event Interview

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Fitz and the Tantrums

3m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Fitz and the Tantrums

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Falll Out Boy 1

3m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Falll Out Boy 1

Festivals: SXSW 2014: Lady Gaga Interview 1

2m

Festivals: SXSW 2014: Lady Gaga Interview 1

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Wayne Coyne Follow

9m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Wayne Coyne Follow

SXSW 2014: Les Claypool Talks Children's Cancer Association Set at SXSW

3m

SXSW 2014: Les Claypool Talks Children's Cancer Association Set at SXSW

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Rob Zombie interview

4m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Rob Zombie interview

Festivals: SXSW 2014: Lady Gaga Interview 3

2m

Festivals: SXSW 2014: Lady Gaga Interview 3

SXSW 2014: Mobb Deep Reflects on 'The Infamous' Album at SXSW

2m

SXSW 2014: Mobb Deep Reflects on 'The Infamous' Album at SXSW

Festivals: SXSW: TOP MUSIC TECH EXECUTIVES DISCUSS FUTURE OF MUSIC AT SXSW

16m

Festivals: SXSW: TOP MUSIC TECH EXECUTIVES DISCUSS FUTURE OF MUSIC AT SXSW

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Drive Around & Wild Out With Yelawolf at SXSW!

3m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Drive Around & Wild Out With Yelawolf at SXSW!

SXSW 2014: Mary Lambert Talks Macklemore & Poetry at Her "Iconic" SXSW 2014

3m

SXSW 2014: Mary Lambert Talks Macklemore & Poetry at Her "Iconic" SXSW 2014

SXSW 2014: Asher Roth "I Had A 'Benjamin Button' Experience"

5m

SXSW 2014: Asher Roth "I Had A 'Benjamin Button' Experience"

21 Pilots and Paramore are BFFs at SXSW

3m

21 Pilots and Paramore are BFFs at SXSW

Team Freedia Kicks Off SXSW 2014 with Cake and Hairspray

1m

Team Freedia Kicks Off SXSW 2014 with Cake and Hairspray

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Twenty One Pilots and Paramore are BFFs

3m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Twenty One Pilots and Paramore are BFFs

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Youngblood Hawke Swam with Very Real, Very Deadly Sharks for Video: "No CGI!"

1m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Youngblood Hawke Swam with Very Real, Very Deadly Sharks for Video: "No CGI!"

SXSW 2014:  Portugal. The Man Detail Journey From Alaska to the Festival Circuit

3m

SXSW 2014: Portugal. The Man Detail Journey From Alaska to the Festival Circuit

SXSW 2014:  "Wake Me Up" Singer Aloe Blacc Eyes Christina Aguilera, Rihanna Collaborations

4m

SXSW 2014: "Wake Me Up" Singer Aloe Blacc Eyes Christina Aguilera, Rihanna Collaborations

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Paramore Dissect Post-Apocalyptic, Love-Conquers-All Music Video

2m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Paramore Dissect Post-Apocalyptic, Love-Conquers-All Music Video

Paramore on Hanging Out With Linkin Park and Garbage: SXSW 2013

2m

Paramore on Hanging Out With Linkin Park and Garbage: SXSW 2013

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Jim James Calls Flaming Lips His "Heroes," Teleports Across Austin

4m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Jim James Calls Flaming Lips His "Heroes," Teleports Across Austin

SXSW 2014:  Deap Vally Take You Vintage Clothes Shopping in Austin

3m

SXSW 2014: Deap Vally Take You Vintage Clothes Shopping in Austin

Fuse Sits Down With Austin Rockers Ume for a BBQ&A at SXSW

3m

Fuse Sits Down With Austin Rockers Ume for a BBQ&A at SXSW

SXSW 2014:  Chromeo on Collab With Toro y Moi "Girls Really Love Chaz"

4m

SXSW 2014: Chromeo on Collab With Toro y Moi "Girls Really Love Chaz"

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Meet The Mowgli's, Folk Collective Behind Breakout Anthem "San Francisco"

4m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Meet The Mowgli's, Folk Collective Behind Breakout Anthem "San Francisco"

Mobb Deep on “The Infamous Mobb Deep” Album & How Hip Hop’s Changed - SXSW 2014

2m

Mobb Deep on “The Infamous Mobb Deep” Album & How Hip Hop’s Changed - SXSW 2014

Festivals: SXSW 2013:  Angel Haze: "I'm in Love with Jason Mraz"

2m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Angel Haze: "I'm in Love with Jason Mraz"

Lady Gaga Talks Being Vomited On, State of Her Career at SXSW Keynote Address - Part 5

1m

Lady Gaga Talks Being Vomited On, State of Her Career at SXSW Keynote Address - Part 5

SXSW 2014: Ty Dolla $ign Talks Selling Records to Free His Jailed Brother

4m

SXSW 2014: Ty Dolla $ign Talks Selling Records to Free His Jailed Brother

Festivals: SXSW 2013: CHVRCHES Think Austin's "Quite Sweaty;" Love Dancing Americans

2m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: CHVRCHES Think Austin's "Quite Sweaty;" Love Dancing Americans

Festivals: SXSW 2014: 50 Cent Says "The Funeral" Brings Hip Hop Storytelling Back

3m

Festivals: SXSW 2014: 50 Cent Says "The Funeral" Brings Hip Hop Storytelling Back

SXSW 2014: Morgan Kibby Talks Her M83 Side Project White Sea

3m

SXSW 2014: Morgan Kibby Talks Her M83 Side Project White Sea

SXSW Veterans Surfer Blood on the Perils of Touching Another Man's Soundboard

3m

SXSW Veterans Surfer Blood on the Perils of Touching Another Man's Soundboard

SXSW 2014:  Jack Antonoff Gets Wet with fun. Side Project Bleachers

1m

SXSW 2014: Jack Antonoff Gets Wet with fun. Side Project Bleachers

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Yelawolf Reveals His Secrets for Writing Rap Verses

2m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Yelawolf Reveals His Secrets for Writing Rap Verses

Facing The Truth

20m

Facing The Truth

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Hit-Boy on His Dream Collabo: "That's When I'll Know I've Arrived"

2m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Hit-Boy on His Dream Collabo: "That's When I'll Know I've Arrived"

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Alt-J Love American Cuisine, Seek Out Restaurants From 'Man v. Food' on Tour

3m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Alt-J Love American Cuisine, Seek Out Restaurants From 'Man v. Food' on Tour

SXSW 2014: Jay Park on Lady Gaga Watching His K-Pop Set: I'm Honored, But It's Weird

3m

SXSW 2014: Jay Park on Lady Gaga Watching His K-Pop Set: I'm Honored, But It's Weird

Shows: Trending 10: Meet the Creator of the Beyoncé "Drunk in Love" Emoji Video

2m

Shows: Trending 10: Meet the Creator of the Beyoncé "Drunk in Love" Emoji Video

Interviews: Rihanna's Pre-Flight Message to Her 777 Tour: "Buckle Up and Let's Get Drunk!"

41s

Interviews: Rihanna's Pre-Flight Message to Her 777 Tour: "Buckle Up and Let's Get Drunk!"

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Yela on the Atlanta studio session that birthed his collabos with A$AP Rocky, Brotha Lynch Hung and Raekwon

2m

Festivals: SXSW 2013: Yela on the Atlanta studio session that birthed his collabos with A$AP Rocky, Brotha Lynch Hung and Raekwon

Tyler Perry: Man of Many Faces

40m

Tyler Perry: Man of Many Faces

Martin Moreno Faces His One-Handed Woes

2m

Martin Moreno Faces His One-Handed Woes

Finale First Look: Freedia & Devon Face Reality

47s

Finale First Look: Freedia & Devon Face Reality

Recap: Season 4, Episode 4

47s

Recap: Season 4, Episode 4

Trapt Song Premiere: Hear the Hard-Charging "Castaway"

3m

Trapt Song Premiere: Hear the Hard-Charging "Castaway"

New Beginnings

44m

New Beginnings

New Blood

45m

New Blood

Season 4, Episode 4: First Look

33s

Season 4, Episode 4: First Look

Interviews: Cherri Bomb Chat "Too Many Faces" Video

2m

Interviews: Cherri Bomb Chat "Too Many Faces" Video

Music Video Premiere: Such Gold - Faced (November 2014)

2m

Music Video Premiere: Such Gold - Faced (November 2014)

Cape Town 4

22m

Cape Town 4

Final 4 Fiesta

45m

Final 4 Fiesta

Psy Learns Some New Moves: New Moves

1m

Psy Learns Some New Moves: New Moves

Recap: Season 4, Episode 1

44s

Recap: Season 4, Episode 1

Recap: Season 4, Episode 6

1m

Recap: Season 4, Episode 6

Mixtape Evolution: Fuse News

2m

Mixtape Evolution: Fuse News

Orion Metal News: Festivals

3m

Orion Metal News: Festivals

Bleachers Teaser: Fuse News

28s

Bleachers Teaser: Fuse News

Gear Expo: Fuse News

1m

Gear Expo: Fuse News

ReGeneration: New Orleans

2m

ReGeneration: New Orleans

New Cage King

44m

New Cage King

New Boss of Bounce

21m

New Boss of Bounce

Fuse News: Boston

3m

Fuse News: Boston

Snoop Lion on New Album, New Message and New Passions: Fuse News

5m

Snoop Lion on New Album, New Message and New Passions: Fuse News

New Girl In Town

22m

New Girl In Town

Recap: Season 4, Episode 2

40s

Recap: Season 4, Episode 2

Recap: Season 3, Episode 4

46s

Recap: Season 3, Episode 4

Recap: Season 4, Episode 5

39s

Recap: Season 4, Episode 5

Recap: Season 4, Episode 3

36s

Recap: Season 4, Episode 3