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SXSW Crash Claims Fourth Victim: 18-Year-Old De'Andre Tatum Dies

Friday, 28 Mar 2014 04:59 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A fourth person has died from injuries following the SXSW crash in which a man fleeing police ran his car into a crowd outside the Austin festival in mid-March.

De’Andre Tatum, 18, died this week. He had been in the hospital since the March 13 South by Southwest incident with critical injuries.

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Another woman, Sandy Le, 26, died several days after the incident, while two, Jamie West, 27, and Steven Craenmehr, 35, were killed at the scene.

Rashad Owens, 21, was arrested and charged with capital murder, suspicion of driving under the influence, and fleeing police, along with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. Initial reports said that Owens apparently accelerated and steered into the crowd. He is jailed on $3 million bond and will face the death penalty when the case goes to court.

The Austin Police Department tweeted the news of Tatum’s death.

Questions raised in recent years about if SXSW has become "too big and too rowdy" were compounded by the crash, The New York Times reported. It's one of the biggest festivals in the world.

Although SXSW itself can’t take responsibility for one driver’s actions, the horrific instance brought some to reflect on the festival.

“It sometimes feels like we’ve gotten too much of what we wished for with South by Southwest,” Stephen Harrigan, 65, a novelist and a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly told the Times. “South by Southwest has upped the ante of what Austin is, and Austin is trying to play this game with itself, to try to compete with itself, to see if it can succeed in pulling this off.”

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