Deadly hit and run at South by Southwest fest
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police in Austin, Texas say a man and woman have been killed after a 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 say 23 others were injured, five of them critically, in the incident that happened shortly after midnight. Police say the two people who died were on a mo-ped that the motorist hit along with pedestrians who were leaving a club where a concert had been held.
Police say the man also struck a cab before jumping out of his car and trying to run. Officers shocked him with a stun gun and took him into custody.
The accident happened around 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Red River Street and East 10th Street, near several clubs. Photos taken at the scene show victims laying in the street, with emergency vehicles responding.