Terrible news to start the day. Late last night in Austin, Texas at the SXSW Film and Music Festival, a grey Toyota sedan was pulled over for a suspected DUI when he fled from the police, ran through a barricade, and drove into a crowd of people waiting to get into a club on Red River Street. The driver struck a bicycle rider, killing him, and then struck a moped with two people on board, killing the female passenger. (The male passenger is now in stable condition.) The driver injured 23 pedestrians, and five of those are in critical condition. Two blocks later, the driver crashed into a taxi and parked van, exited the vehicle, and was shot with a Taser by police as he tried to make a getaway on foot. He’ll be charged with two capital murder charges and 23 counts of vehicular aggravated assault.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved in this senseless and horrible tragedy. These people wanted nothing more than to hang out and watch a live music performance (they were gathered outside the Mohawk Bar, one of the festival venues). Drunk driving is the absolute worst, because it can be avoided. Just don’t do it, folks. It’s really that simple.
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