Driver Fleeing DUI Checkpoint Kills 2 at SXSW Conference
A driver fleeing a DUI checkpoint hit several pedestrians attending the SXSW conference, a film, music, and interactive conference in Austin, Texas.
The driver, whose name was not released as of Thursday, March 13th, injured 23 people and killed 2, one of whom was a Texas woman riding a moped, and the other was a Dutch man riding a bike.
Reportedly, the driver was initially asked to pull over at a DUI checkpoint outside of the conference, but sped away, breaking through a police barrier and plowed down several people who were waiting outside one of the conference buildings, and others waiting outside of a nightclub. He drove for two blocks before his car stopped and he attempted to flee on foot, but police subdued and arrested him.
Emergency workers were able to respond quickly and the suspect as well as his victims were taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Initially, 15 of the 23 victims were hospitalized. Two people remain in critical condition with head injuries.
“This is an individual that showed no regard for the human beings that he plowed into in his attempt to get away,” Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said of the suspect.
“It looked like something out of a movie,” said Russ Barone, who was at the festival. “A few people lying on the street … with their friends around them trying to get them up, trying to get them back to life. Hopefully, they are.”
Acevedo said that police had dash cam video of the DUI checkpoint incident, and blood samples from the suspect.
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