Attendees at the popular South by Southwest festival were likely shocked when a driver plowed into a crowd at the recently held festival. The supposed drunk driver initially hit and injured several people, and killed two of the festival goers. Now, a third person is said to have died due to the injuries that she sustained in the accident that was allegedly caused by drunk driving.
It happened at about 12:30 a.m. in a particularly crowded area that was blocked off for the popular Texas SXSW festival. The driver, who was running from a police officer that had attempted to pull him over, plowed through the crowded pedestrian area. Over 20 people attending the SXSW festival were injured when a 21-year-old male driver reportedly drove his vehicle into a crowded area.
Two pedestrians were struck and killed at the scene of the accident after being hit by the suspect’s vehicle. The most recent victim was one of several who were still hospitalized after the incident. The 26-year-old woman died due to the injuries she received during the incident.
Although charges related to drunk driving are treated seriously in Texas, the allegation of such doesn’t necessarily seal the accused’s fate. Considering that every case is different, a more favorable outcome may be procured by negotiating a plea deal with the prosecution, while in other instances fighting the charges in court can be the smarter choice. In instances such as this, when emotions tend to run high, it might be easy for some to see the case as cut and dried. However, it is imperative that any defendant be granted the assumption of innocence until and only if he or she is found otherwise in a court of law.
Source: NY Daily News, Third person dies after drunken driver plows into revelers at South by Southwest festival, Sasha Goldstein, March 17, 2014