The man accused of being the driver of the car in a fatal crash at the South by Southwest Conference in Texas is now facing a charge.

Rashad Charjuan Owens has been formally charged with one count of Capital Murder in Travis County, Texas.

First reported by the Austin newspaper American-Statesman, Owens was booked into the Travis County Jail early Thursday, with a bail set at $3 million.

Owens allegedly fled from police in Austin driving a stolen car, going the wrong way down a one-way street that had been closed to traffic for the South By Southwest Festival, and plowed into a crowd of people on the street. Two were killed in the wreck that also left more than 20 injured.

News 19 previously reported Owens has a Midlands connection, having listed Orangeburg as his hometown, though his educational history was out-of-state.

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News 19, WLTX sister-station KVUE in Austin reports that Owens fled from Police attempting a routine traffic stop on suspicion of drunken driving, and then drove through the crowd.

The two killed in the wreck were a motorcyclist and bicyclist.

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