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SXSW crash: Driver facing 20 new charges

A driver already charged with murder is facing 20 new charges of aggravated assault after he plowed into a crowd during the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, TX.

Jail documents posted online Tuesday list the additional charges against 21-year-old Rashad Owens. An arrest report says Owens accelerated through a crowd, killing four people and leaving 17 injured. READ FULL STORY

SXSW: A fourth person dies after festival car crash

A fourth person has died of injuries suffered earlier this month when a suspected drunken driver drove into a crowd at the South By Southwest festival, police said Thursday.

Austin police tweeted that DeAndre Tatum, 18, died of injuries suffered March 13. Police spokeswoman Veneza Bremner confirmed the accuracy of the tweet but she said the department would have no further updates. READ FULL STORY

Attorney: Calling Tyler show a riot 'inaccurate'

An attorney for Tyler, The Creator, says the Odd Future rapper did not incite a riot at a show during South By Southwest last week and would not deliberately put fans at risk.

Perry Q. Minton says in the statement released Thursday morning to The Associated Press that the events that occurred March 13 at the Scoot Inn in Austin, Texas, leading to his arrest do not constitute a riot.

“At no time during the … concert did Tyler seek to incite or participate in riotous activity as has been reported in the press,” Minton wrote. “It is clear from video clips and witness reports that the patrons and fans attending the show on that date were full of positive energy appropriate for this type of event and never exhibited any anger or aggression whatsoever.”

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SXSW: A third person dies after festival car crash

Austin police say a third person has died after being struck by a suspected drunken driver last week during the SXSW festival.

Sandy Le died of injuries suffered early Thursday, according to spokeswoman Veneza Bremner. She did not say when the 26-year-old died.

Le was in a crowd outside an Austin club when the driver smashed his car through a street barricade and accelerated into a group of festival-goers.

Jamie West, 27, of Austin and Dutchman Steven Craenmehr, 35, were killed at the scene. More than 20 others were injured.

Rashad Owens, 21, has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. He’s accused of driving drunk and fleeing from police, then intentionally driving into festival-goers.

Tyler, The Creator, arrested at SXSW for allegedly inciting riot

Rapper Tyler, the Creator, played a sold-out show in Dallas just hours after being released from jail in connection with a misdemeanor charge of inciting a riot.

The Odd Future rapper, whose name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport on Saturday. Inciting a riot is a misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Tyler was released Saturday after securing a $25,000 bond and played a sold-out show at the House of Blues in Dallas. The rapper’s publicist declined to comment about the arrest. READ FULL STORY

SXSW issues statement on fatal accident

South by Southwest has released an official statement on the accident that killed two people and injured 23 more — five critically — at the festival Wednesday night.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tragic accident that took place last night here in Austin,” the statement begins. “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.”

Police: Driver kills 2, injures 23 at SXSW

A man and woman were killed early Thursday after a suspected drunken driver fleeing from arrest crashed through barricades set up for the South By Southwest festival and struck the pair and others on a crowded street, police said.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said 23 others were injured, five critically, in the crash that happened around 12:30 a.m. as the driver tried to evade a pursuing police officer. The two people who died were on a moped that the motorist hit. The chief said the man also hit pedestrians in front of a club that was emptying. READ FULL STORY

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