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Breaking News: 2 Killed, 23 Injured Car Plows Into SxSW Crowd

Updated: Thursday, March 13 2014, 11:19 AM CDT

UPDATE 11:19 A.M.

Austin Police chief Art Acevedo said cancelling South by Southwest events in the wake of last night's deadly crash would be "a victory for evil, not a victory for humanity."

Acevedo addressed a crowd of reporters at the site of the crash along with top emergency officials, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and South by Southwest managing director Roland Swenson.

The chief confirmed two people were killed and 23 others injured. One of the deceased was a male cyclist visiting from the Netherlands and the other was a female from Austin who was riding on the back of a moped.

Acevedo said the suspect is in custody but hasn't been formally charged yet. Under Texas law, police cannot release his identity until charges are filed.

Swenson said the show will go on despite the tragedy.

"We feel an obligation to the people who traveled from all over to take part in this event to move forward," he said.


UPDATE 10:26 A.M.

Seton Healthcare Family says the "vast majority" of patients injured in the South by Southwest crash are in their twenties. At a press conference Thursday morning, University Medical Center Brackenridge medical director Dr. Christopher Ziebell said two patients remain in critical conditions with severe head injuries.


Two people died and 23 were injured when a car running from police crashed into a crowd at the South by Southwest Festival in Downtown Austin.

The crash happened just after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. It began at the I-35 frontage road at 9th Street. Police were trying to pull over the car for suspected drunk driving.

Police say the car turned into blocked off road full of people. Two police cars followed him. The driver almost hit an officer, went into the crowd, hit a moped killing a man and woman.  The car then hit a van and taxi. It ended at 11th and Red River Street outside the Mohawk club.

Suspect is under arrest. Police say he faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. Of the 23 people injured, five are in critical condition.

Breaking News: 2 Killed, 23 Injured Car Plows Into SxSW Crowd

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