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toolfansat
03-13-2014, 10:11 AM
Not necessarily metal, per se, but a lot of us go to festivals or at least can be found standing in line outside venues waiting for the doors to open...

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(from consequenceofsound.net)

Two people died and 23 others were critically injured after a car ran through a crowd of people in Austin, TX, early Thursday morning, according to the Austin Police Department.

The incident occurred shortly after 12:40 AM CT near the downtown intersection of Red River Street and East 10th Street, just mere blocks away from the popular Mohawk music venue. The area in question had been blocked off to all vehicular traffic due to the current SXSW Music Festival, which began on Tuesday and ends on Saturday and draws thousands from around the world. Many of those hurt were presumably attendees of the event.

Police say the driver attempted to evade a DWI check when he turned the wrong way on Red River. The car, a grey Toyota, struck more than 20 pedestrians before turning onto East 11th and crashing into a moped and a van. One of the individuals riding the moped and a bicyclist were pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect then jumped out of the car and attempted to flee on foot, but detained by police officers after being tased. He’s currently in custody and will be charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault.

Update – 11:00am: In a press conference held Thursday morning, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said that of the 23 injured, two are in critical and three are in serious condition. 15 people have released from the hospital. SXSW is working to make changes to the venues and programming in the area surrounding last night’s events. However, all other programming will continue as previously scheduled. To cancel the events, according to Acevedo, would be ”a victory for evil.”

If you have any further information, please call the Austin Police department at (512) 974-5186.

mastodon421
03-13-2014, 10:24 AM
Read this story earlier, incredibly fucked up stuff.

mankvill
03-13-2014, 10:31 AM
I've been in that exact same spot where that happened. :( Thoughts going out to everyone affected!

El Gordo
03-13-2014, 10:49 AM
Horrible stuff. I'll never understand why anyone feels the need to get behind the wheel while under the influence of any drug. Nothing good can come of it.

smearCampaign
03-13-2014, 10:55 AM
I got on the bus two blocks up from the Mohawk an hour before this happened. I knew I'd be drinking, so I took the bus there and back. What a concept.


Thoughts going out to everyone affected!

+1 :(

TonyD
03-13-2014, 01:26 PM
To cancel the events, according to Acevedo, would be ”a victory for evil.”


i.e. "taking money out of my pocket"

But for real tho that's pretty fucked up, hope that dude rots in jail.

justinm4bama
03-13-2014, 02:13 PM
Thoughts to all the people and their families affected by this. Since this is in Texas hopefully this guy will get the needle.