A driver attempting to evade a DWI checkpoint in downtown Austin early Thursday drove past barricades and into a crowd of South by Southwest revelers exiting The Mohawk, killing two and injuring at least 23 others.
According to the Austin American Statesman, the driver, who has not been identified, attempted to avoid a DWI checkpoint by pulling into a gas station, then exiting the parking lot the wrong way onto 9th Street, a one way street, before turning onto Red River. An officer on foot was forced to jump out of the way as the driver drove down the street and past several barricades which had been set up for pedestrian safety during the festival.
A show had just ended at The Mohawk when the driver, who was reportedly accelerating, plowed through the exiting crowd, striking several pedestrians before hitting a man and a woman on a moped, killing them. The driver continued, hitting a taxi cab, then ultimately crashed into a van and attempted to flee on foot.
At least 23 people were taken to area hospitals with injuries, with at least five reported to be seriously injured. The victims names have not been released, pending notification of next of kin.
The driver will be charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle, according to Austin Police.
More on the story, including photos from the scene, can be found on the Austin American Statesman website.