It’s a bad start to the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, and here are the facts about the car that crashed into a crowd on Red River Street in Austin around 12:30 am Central Time, outside of the Mohawk Bar:
An officer with the Austin Police Department attempted a DWI traffic stop outside a Shell Gas Station at 9th Street and I-35. We’re told that the driver attempted to evade arrest by driving across the gas station parking lot and driving against the traffic on 9th Street, which is a one-way road. The driver then went through police barricades to go on to Red River Street. That’s where the Mohawk Bar is, where a crowd had gathered for a show by Tyler the Creator.
The car then hit several pedestrians and multiple vehicles, including a moped with two passengers–both of whom were pronounced dead on the scene. There’s currently a count of 23 victims, with five listed in critical condition as of last night. The driver has been apprehended and faces two counts of capital murder, and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.
Here’s an early-morning news report from ABC, and some fairly raw news coverage right from the scene, all of which is the kind of video we didn’t want to wake up to from SXSW…