The Los Angeles Times reports that a suspected drunk driver killed two people and injured many others in the early hours of the morning on March 13th at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas.
Sometime around 12:30 in the morning on Thursday, police pulled over a man for driving erratically in his gray Toyota sedan. After being pulled over by police at a gas station off Interstate 35 for a sobriety check, driver Rashad Charjuan Owens of Killeen, Texas, fled from police and proceeded to drive the wrong way down a one-way street, and subsequently drove through a barricade meant to protect people who were enjoying the SXSW festivities at local bars located between 9th and 11th Streets. Owens drove the two blocks down Red River Street–from 9th to 11th Street–through crowds of pedestrians, and crashed into a bicyclist, a moped carrying two passengers, a taxi and a van, while also managing to drive up onto the sidewalk. Owens struck many club-goers outside of a club called The Mohawk before stopping his vehicle. Owens then exited his wrecked vehicle and fled on foot. Police pursued Owens and ultimately subdued him by using stun guns.
It has still not been confirmed whether Owens was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but blood samples were collected and are being analyzed. It is also reported that the bicyclist and one of the moped passengers were killed. Twenty-three other people are reported as having been injured during the crash. With so much harm done to so many victims, Owens will face two counts of capital murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault as a result of this incident.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Involve Many Types of Victims
Motor vehicle accidents happen all too frequently and can involve a wide variety of different victims, as is demonstrated in the report about the SXSW car crash. While the victims of motor vehicle accidents are frequently the driver and passengers of the vehicle that was crashed into, i.e., the driver/passengers of the other vehicle, victims can also be people walking on the street or sidewalk, or they can be bicyclists or motorcyclists. Regardless of whether you are a pedestrian, bicyclist, or driver of a car, track, moped or taxi, if you have been involved in an accident for which you are not at fault, you have rights against the at-fault driver.
Contacting a Vehicle Accident Attorney
If you find yourself involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, you need to contact an experienced vehicle accident attorney. Whether you are a pedestrian, a bicyclist, a motorcyclist or a driver in another vehicle is immaterial; if you are a victim and the driver is at-fault, you need to preserve your legal rights. The attorneys at Willens Law Offices can fight for you, protect your rights and procure the justice you deserve. Contact one of our attorneys today for a free consultation. We can be reached online or by telephone at 877-958-6564.