Crime

Car Slams Into SXSW Crowd Killing 2, Injuring 23 (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A suspected drunk driver attempting to outrun police slammed into a crowd of people on the street in Austin, Texas, early Thursday.

Two died and at least 23 people were injured in the collision outside Mohawk Bar on Red River Street at 12:30 a.m. The bar was hosting the 27th annual SXSW festival.

The two people who died were on a moped, which was rammed by the driver, according to Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.

The car crashed into a cab and the driver leapt out and tried to run. Police at the scene apprehended him with a stun gun.

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Acevedo said the car chase occurred when an officer at a drunk-driving checkpoint attempted to stop a silver Toyota sedan.

The driver veered into a gas station to avoid the checkpoint and took off going the wrong way down E. 9th Street. He made a right on Red River, barely missing a police officer, then plowed through security barricades and hit concertgoers at the Mohawk bar.

Acevedo described it as a "total disregard for the sanctity of human life."

Sources: Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News