SXSW Accident Claims Fourth Life

FORT WORTH — A fourth person has died from injuries sustained in the March 13 tragedy in which a suspected drunken driver plowed through a crowd outside a nightclub at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin.

De'Andre Tatum, 18, died Thursday, his pastor and the Fort Worth Independent School District confirmed. The Fort Worth native was in a medically induced coma at the University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin after the deadly crash. He was the last of the victims still in critical condition at the hospital.

Tatum was with his girlfriend on Red River Street when police say Rashad Owens, 21, of Killeen, Texas, in the midst of a chase with police drove through a road block and into the crowd.

Jamie West, 27, of Austin, and Steven Craenmehr, 35, of Amsterdam, were killed that night. More than 20 others were injured. Tatum was among eight victims transported to the hospital. Sandy Le, 26, died of her injuries March 17, while Tatum remained in the hospital in critical condition.

"He has a broken leg, a broken pelvis bone and a severe brain injury," said his mother, Tamara O'Neal, while by his side at the hospital on March 13.

His girlfriend, 17-year-old Curtisha Davis, also was struck by the car. She was released from the hospital and back home in North Texas on March 18.

Dr. Christopher Ziebell, head of the emergency room at UMC Brackenridge, expressed the seriousness of Tatum's injuries after he was transported to the hospital.

"These are some of the worst injuries that we see and not everybody with these kinds of injuries survives," he said.

Owens has been charged with capital murder, which means he will face the death penalty in court, and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.


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