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SXSW Drunk Driving Accident Claims Fourth Victim

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The tragic crash that took place at SXSW has claimed another life.

KXAN reports that 18-year-old DeAndre Tatum passed away on Thursday (March 27), according to a spokesperson for the Austin Police Department. He had been in critical condition since the crash on March 13.

Tatum’s girlfriend, 19-year-old Curtisha Davis, also suffered serious injuries, including broken bones and a neck injury. She was released from the hospital on March 18.

Authorities have said that 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens was driving the wrong direction on a one-way street prior to the accident. When authorities attempted to stop him, he drove off, narrowly avoiding hitting an officer. The car then ran into the crowd.

Two people died at the scene, and a third passed away a few days later.

Owens is already facing two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault by vehicle. It has not yet been determined whether he will face additional counts of murder.

Owens has reportedly been convicted of numerous offenses in recent years, ranging from being a minor under the influence to criminal trespass. He pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in Alaska in 2011. The Toyota he was driving at the time of the fatal accident was reportedly stolen.

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