SXSW organizers say a new report they commissioned showed this year’s festival having a $315 million impact on the Austin economy. Officials say 134,000 people attended at least one SXSW event in March.
Officials in Austin said that they are at a “critical point” to make the annual South By Southwest Festival safer after a car crash earlier this year left three people dead.
One of the two Fort Worth victims of last week’s deadly South by Southwest crash in Austin is back home in North Texas. Curtisha Davis’ life was turned upside down when an accused drunk driver drove through a crowd at the SXSW Festival.
Austin Police have confirmed that a third victim has died as a result of injuries suffered in last week’s deadly crash at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin.
The drunken-driving suspect who police say killed two people after smashing through a street barricade at SXSW did not use his brakes and even accelerated as he approached crowds. Rashad Owens is now charged with one count of Capital Murder.
A deadly crash doesn’t seem to be slowing down SXSW. Crowds have been packing venues near the site where an alleged drunk driver plowed into a crowd of concertgoers. A memorial for the victims and their families sits among the throngs of people.
The question so many people are asking is what was alleged SXSW crash driver Rashad Owens thinking? While it may be some time — if ever– before we know a definitive answer to that question, CBS 11 News has learned why the suspect was in Austin.