South By Southwest music festival in Austin is underway, but early this morning, tragedy occurred when, according to Talking Points Memo, a driver, fleeing a DUI checkpoint, plowed into a crowd, killing two and injuring 23.
The two people killed were reportedly on a moped that the driver struck before reaching the crowd that was gathered outside of a club called The Mohawk. Of the 23 injured, five are in critical condition. The driver’s name has not yet been released, but he faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.
Associated Press reports:
Police said the man pulled into a nearby gas station in a silver Toyota sedan after an officer working a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop him. He wove his way through a series of parked cars, then took off at high speed the wrong way down a one-way street. He took a right turn on Red River Street, crashing through a barricade and narrowly missing a police officer who was standing guard.
He hit some of the victims in front of The Mohawk, a local club hosting Spin events during the five-day music conference. He continued down the street where he struck and killed the two victims on the moped and then hit the cab before finally crashing.
Warning: the video above shows the graphic scene directly after the incident occured.