SXSW Struck by Tragedy, Drunk Driver Kills 2 People and Injures 23 More

Two people were killed at SXSW after a drunk driver plowed through a crowd of people.

SXSW is well known for both its musical and technological presentations. While the focus is on a wide variety of topics, experts from all over the globe come to Austin, TX, to speak on their respective topics, making this event one of the most highlighted of the year.

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Gaming and interactive technology have become increasingly popular at SXSW, and many gaming celebrities and companies attend to present projects and speak on panels. This year, games and companies such as…

  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Logitech
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • SXSW Indie Corner
  • NES Remix
  • ESA (Entertainment Software Assocation)

… and more are present to showcase and jam with attendees.

This morning, unfortunately, a drunk driver evading a police stop drove the wrong way down a one-way street–and straight into a crowd of people waiting in line at Mohawk for a musical performance. 

Two people were found dead on the scene, and 23 more were injured and lying in the street. After attempting to flee on foot, the driver was apprehended and now faces two capital murder charges, along with 23 charges of aggravated assault with a vehicle.


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