Names Released of Victims and Suspect in Fatal Music Fest Crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
A medical examiner in Texas has released the identity of the second person who died when a car crashed through a street barricade during the South by Southwest Music Festival.

Victims lay injured after a vehicle plowed into a crowd of people near a venue for the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, March 13, 2014.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A medical examiner in Texas has released the identity of the second person who died when a car crashed through a street barricade during the South by Southwest Music Festival.

Twenty-seven year-old Jamie Ranae West was riding on a moped early Thursday morning when the man fleeing police crashed into her. Her husband Evan West was among the 23 listed as injured and is still hospitalized.

Austin police have said they intend to charge Rashad Charjuan Owens with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. Police allege the 21-year-old fled a patrol car, smashed through a street closed for the festival and killed a Dutch bicyclist before hitting the moped with Evans on it.

Owens was in custody Thursday awaiting formal charges.

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AUSTIN, Texas (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 (KRAN-mare). 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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