Police say Dutch man among victims of Austin crash
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 01:48
March 13 - Austin, Texas police say a man from the Netherlands was one of the two people killed after a driver plowed into a crowd at the South by Southwest festival in Texas. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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A car evading police plowed into a crowd outside a nightclub on Thursday (March 13), killing two people and injuring 23 near the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, police said.
The victims included a male from the Netherlands who was riding a bicycle when he was struck by the driver. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim was a local female who was riding a moped when she was hit.
The driver, yet to be identified, fled from police and was subdued by an officer using a stun gun. He faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle, police said.
At least two of the injured were in critical condition with head injuries and three in serious condition at a local hospital. The two people killed were a man and a woman on a moped.
The suspect had minor injuries and was treated at the same hospital as many of the victims. He was then taken into police custody, hospital officials said.
After hitting pedestrians and vehicles, he then fled the scene. A police officer giving chase used a taser to subdue the suspect, police said.
SXSW, running from March 7 to March 16, began as a music event in 1987. It features interactive film, music festivals and conferences and draws tens of thousands of people to the Texas capital annually.
Many roads in downtown Austin are closed to traffic each night of the event as thousands take to restaurants, bars, clubs and movie theaters.
Police set up numerous checkpoints in the area to look for people driving under the influence.
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