2 dead after car strikes SXSW crowd

Austin American-Statesman | Associated Press

Two people died and 23 were injured early Thursday when a car drove into a crowd outside a nightclub in Austin, Texas. The car's driver was evading a drunk-driving stop, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

According to police, the man, driving a small Toyota car, went the wrong way down Ninth Street after evading a stop at a gas station around 12:30 a.m., turned onto Red River and drove for more than two blocks, striking numerous pedestrians before hitting a scooter traveling on 11th Street, killing the man and woman on board. The driver then struck a taxi, injuring two, and crashed into a parked van, Police Chief Art Acevedo said.

The crowd was outside the Mohawk nightclub, where a showcase performance for SXSW had taken place. The club was hosting events for Spin, AP reports.

The suspect attempted to flee on foot but was subdued with a stun gun, AP reports.

"We had a large crowd," Acevedo said at a 2:30 a.m. news conference. "I just thank God that a lot of the folks had already been pushed on the sidewalk or this could have been a lot worse."



  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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