Shortly after midnight on Thursday, March 13, 2014, a crash at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, Texas killed two people and injured at least 23 others, reported the Los Angeles Times.
Police officers suspected a motorist was driving while intoxicated. When they attempted to stop him, he sped away, broke through a barricade, and drove the wrong way on a one-way street packed with festivalgoers, crashing into a crowd standing near the Mohawk nightclub. Two people who were riding a motorized scooter were struck and died at the scene. Emergency responders transported 10 others to the hospital, five to receive treatment for major trauma. The driver has been arrested and faces potential charges of capital murder, manslaughter, and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.
Across the country, impaired driving claims thousands of lives and injures tens of thousands of others every year. Deaths in crashes involving drunk drivers increased 4.6 percent from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In many cases, the victims of these accidents are not the drunk drivers, with unimpaired drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists accounting for 3,371 of those killed in DUI crashes in 2011.
Those who have been injured in or lost loved ones to crashes involving drunk drivers have recourse through the civil and the criminal justice system. For more information, please call 888-752-7474 or contact our office online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two people who were killed in the crash at SXSW. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the 23 people who were injured.