Posted in music on March 13, 2014

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo @ press conference
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A drunk driving suspect was the person behind the wheel of last night's tragic events at SXSW. According to a press conference by Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, when officers attempted to pull the driver over at a gas station around 12:30 AM early this morning (3/13), he evaded and barreled the wrong way down a one-way street (9th St) and then turned onto Red River, which was closed to vehicular traffic and full of people. The driven struck multiple pedestrians and, continuing down the street, hit two people on a moped, and then a taxi and finally crashed into a parked van. When the driver attempted to flee on foot, police caught him. The people on the moped were killed, and 23 other people were wounded, five critically. Acevedo said the man would face capital murder charges in the deaths of the two moped riders and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.

There is video of the press conference below. There is also some guerilla-style video reporting below. While, not graphic, it's still pretty shocking.

UPDATE: SXSW just released a short statement:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tragic accident that took place last night here in Austin. We appreciate and commend the first responders as well as the city agencies who so quickly sprung into action.

We will be making schedule and venue changes for programming in the surrounding area of last night's events. All other programming will continue as previously scheduled. Please watch this website and twitter.com/sxsw for updates throughout the day.

As mentioned this happened just a few blocks from where BrooklynVegan hosted its official SXSW showcase last night. (We're okay and hope you are too.) Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the victims.

Videos below...

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Comments (78)

Let me be the first to say, if you joke about this yr an asshole

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 11:15 AM

Are they going to release the names? Got a lot of friends who both live there and are in town for it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 11:18 AM

"Let me be the first to say, if you joke about this yr an asshole"

Are we allowed to rip on the "guerilla-style video reporting"? Because "People. Hurt. Injured. Bad." is beyond atrocious.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 11:25 AM

SOMEBODY DIED ASSWIPES!

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 11:32 AM

'Vehicular Manslaughter at SXSW'

Nice band name.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 11:37 AM

whoever was filming sounds like a complete douchebag

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 11:38 AM

I've never understood way police in the US get involved in car chases? It's a fact that it causes more casualties. I feel for the families that lost their loved ones.

Posted by Seymour | March 13, 2014 11:38 AM

red river indeed. Sad.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 11:38 AM

I don't know, Seymour, maybe because it's their job to stop people from breaking the law?

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 11:43 AM

Yeah great... now two people are dead. God bless America.

Posted by Seymour | March 13, 2014 12:00 PM

Chief Aceveda should get Vic Mackie on the case, he'll get to the bottom of this

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 12:07 PM

Another set of drunken driving fatalities. Yeah, we should definitely legalize pot, since there is no correlation between making a drug socially acceptable (e.g. abused) and any increase in traffic deaths.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 12:12 PM

Yeah, because booze and pot are exactly the same and are both equally dangerous. Idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 12:17 PM

Ironically, the song playing in the background of the guerilla video is "Nausea" by the band X.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 12:19 PM

You're all idiots. SXSW is for idiots. Drunk driving is for idiots. I wish all of you were hit and killed.

Posted by Bad to the Bone | March 13, 2014 12:20 PM

12:20 - I know I'm an idiot for feeding a troll but real helpful and compassionate "Bad To The Bone." What a douche.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 12:23 PM

Dont forget to plug your own show

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 12:23 PM

Because ALL comments on internet articles are helpful. You definitely ARE an idiot.

Posted by Bad to the Bone | March 13, 2014 12:23 PM

@12:07. Fuckin right! We need some real cops out on the streets.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 12:25 PM

@12:19 #1 - No, irony would have been "Johnny Hit And Run Paulene."

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 12:26 PM

I wonder if it ever occured to this guy, as intoxicated as he was, while he was running away, that his life is pretty much over. That sober realization of everything he did is going to hit like no other.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 12:33 PM

Capitol murder. That dude is gonna ride the lightning.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 12:42 PM

Yeah because pot actually makes me concentrate better, right

Fucking dangerous idiot 12:17

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 12:43 PM

@12:12 Good thing legal pot is happening despite your ridiculous opinion. Nothing you can do to stop it. Deal with it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 12:44 PM

@12:43 You're a fucking dolt and most likely an inbred God-loving retard. Try using what educated people call "punctuation" and maybe you'll finally be taken seriously.

Posted by Bad to the Bone | March 13, 2014 12:49 PM

12:42 - in Texas, true. Only question is how long he'll sit in jail before they kill him.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 12:52 PM

I really hope that pot head is trolling, I would hate to think that there are still people that ignorant and brain dead around. Then again, this is BV comments.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 12:59 PM

***FUNNY JOKE***

Was it an INDIE CAR?

Posted by ***URGENT*** | March 13, 2014 1:03 PM

nice to see a city actually charge drivers that hit pedestrians.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 1:03 PM

LOL pot troll is probably the dude that posts Phish to every thread nowadays on here. Give it a rest dude, just relax like a stoned bunny should.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 1:04 PM

He here's an idea, let's get everyone stoned on pot, then the Chinese can walk right in and take over the country

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 1:06 PM

Pot troll doesn't realize that stoners *NEVER* win

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wXs_1V7KiA

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 1:11 PM

1:06

You seem to be speaking from a place of inexperience.

A weak mind/body is not directly related to using marijuana.

There's a litany of other choices that are more directly related to this tragedy.

For example: The stats on texting while driving trump the stats on accidents related to pot use.

You are over simplifying and really just making statements based on assumptions.

That's exactly what idiots do and what will contribute to China taking over (unlikely but ok)

- Fully functioning, marijuana using, positive contributor to society.

Posted by Burg | March 13, 2014 1:19 PM

^ far out, man
Phish still sucks

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 1:28 PM

The dumbest motherfuckers on Earth post on BV.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 1:30 PM

Anyone that uses "LOL" should be run over by a drunk driver fleeing the police. Anyone paranoid of China "taking over" the USA is a retard. Anyone criticizing the act of posting on BV while posting on BV is a fucking MORON.

Posted by Bad to the Bone | March 13, 2014 1:33 PM

@1:28

Wrong again. Keep on pretending ... I'm sure it will serve you well.

Posted by Burg | March 13, 2014 1:48 PM

I thought potheads were supposed to be mellow. 1:33 sound like one of those roid shooting tools at a gym. So much anger, it's pretty funny actually. Grrr.

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Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 2:07 PM

drug abusers like @1:33 are always filled with psychotic rage, and outside of the potential of a moment of clarity they will never know how they are perceived by others

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 2:11 PM

Of course the festival will continue. Gotta keep that corporate $$$ flowing.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 2:20 PM

People that take trolls seriously like @2:11 are so fucking dumb that they actually think posting a comment regarding their completely worthless opinion is a worthwhile thing to do. IDIOT.

Posted by Bad to the Bone | March 13, 2014 2:22 PM

1:33/2:22 - You're not even bright enough to realize the cyclical nature of your statements are you?

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 2:28 PM

LOL @ 2:22
You son have been spun
Do play again soon

Signed,
Your fucking Daddy

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 2:34 PM

Holy smoke there are some dumb ass trolls off the block on here today

SOMEBODY DIED ASSWIPES !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 2:39 PM

@2:28 I never said my posts were worthwhile, which only confirms that you are a complete idiot that is only trying to be clever - but please go do it in the middle of the Austin streets during SXSW. LOSER.

@2:34 You must be the God-loving cumbucket that refuses to use punctuation. THE BIBLE HAS PUNCTUATION, RETARD. TRY IT.

@2:39 Your grammar sucks, too. America really is the most uneducated country in the world.

Posted by Bad to the Bone | March 13, 2014 3:09 PM

3:09 sound angry, but for the life of me I can't figure out why
Such a sad little kitten :-(

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 3:16 PM

somebody really doesn't get any attention from mommy. 'i know what i'll do i'll yell on a blog and see who will listen to me' ha ha

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 3:20 PM

Guess what folks. I think "Bad to the Bone" may be D posting under a different handle.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 3:21 PM

Maybe I sounds angry, but you, on the other hand, sound like a fucking inbred retard.

You're all complete idiots that can't spell or use proper punctuation. Some of you fools actually believe in an old man that lives in the clouds. Others believe that smoking weed will result in China occupying the USA. Some of you will keep feeding the trolls. These are only a few of the things that make you some of the most useless people on the planet. I'm sure anyone that has slept with any of you would have even more details as to why that's true.

Posted by Bad to the Bone | March 13, 2014 3:25 PM

Can't we just keep this comments thread on track? It's not about trolling, it's about how awesome it is when people get hurt or killed at SXSW.

Posted by Bad to the Bone | March 13, 2014 3:29 PM

1:03 - Comment of the day, LOL.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 3:45 PM

***FUNNY JOKE***

Was it an INDIE CAR?

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 3:47 PM

3:25 is maybe the most unintentionally funny poster on this blog right now. Let's keep poking him and see if he'll snap!

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 3:51 PM

Uh oh...pretty sure 99.99999% of Texans HATE the blacks.

Posted by Bad to the Bone | March 13, 2014 4:33 PM

he gonna get death penalty lol

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 4:38 PM

Yeah, couldn't see that latent leftie racism coming at all @4:33 - way to not disappoint!

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 4:49 PM

If China takes over the US, does that mean Chinese food will be on the menu every night!?!?

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 5:39 PM

***FUNNY JOKE***

Was it an INDIE CAR?

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 6:23 PM

the french have a word or 2: "assed wholes".

Posted by Malembi | March 13, 2014 6:42 PM

Hate crime. Nigga mowing down hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 6:43 PM

Rashad Charjuan Owens
http://www.heavy.com/news/2014/03/sxsw-crash-suspect-rashad-charjuan-owens/

Big fucking surprise.
But, bein on death row is like the ultimate in bangin' gangsta'like, right? Good luck with that, "Charjuan"

As a side bar - how many times do you think a suspect fleeing from the police in a car is ever successful? I'm going to vote > 1% At least a DWI doesn't get you life in prison.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 6:49 PM

Haha mohawk isn't canceling tonight's show. Looking forward to hearing a$ap Rockys fake ass memorial speech while he plays under a giant vans sneaker logo

Fucking corporate whore fest

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 6:49 PM

Driver had ugly dark skin!

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 7:51 PM

4:07 - Yep...he was also male. What's your point asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 9:13 PM

He was also a crackhead.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 10:03 PM

nigs gonna nig

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 10:37 PM

Libutards love to spew racist hate. They love their votes though, as they shake their heads in contempt.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 10:44 PM

HE WAS A BLACK RAPPER!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 11:17 PM

***FUNNY JOKE***

Was it an INDIE CAR?

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2014 11:24 PM

why are there people like frank?

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 1:39 AM

Rashad's gonna get Charjuan'd alright.... more like charbroiled.. on the lightning train.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 2:31 AM

when this happened, x was playing the Mohawk. kurt vile was playing next door at cheer up charlies. bv had free Jamison and small bags of doritos cut in half with some doritos and meat and salsa in the bag that you ate with a fork at the red 7 showcase. how do you eat doritos with a fork?

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 2:34 AM

Forks aren't difficult to use you savage

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 12:28 PM

Forks are not good hummus tools.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2014 12:46 PM

sxsw = corporate fuck and a waste of time.

Posted by MW | March 15, 2014 10:31 AM

More accurate names for SXSW:

1. Coachella East

2. American Idol II (for tattooed hipsters)

Posted by MW | March 15, 2014 10:35 AM

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