AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The initial wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival accuse organizers of safety lapses after a driver struck a crowd of concertgoers.
The lawsuits filed Thursday are the first since the March crash that also injured nearly two dozen people. Since the crash, organizers of the once-obscure Austin festival have faced questions over how they have managed the event’s transformation into an international extravaganza.
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An aspiring rapper who police say drove his car through a street barricade remains jailed on capital murder charges.
Police say 21-year old Rashad Charjuan Owens plowed into a crowd of concertgoers, hitting seveal people and killing four. He remains incarcerated and his bail has swelled to over $5 million.
Among those killed was a Dutch music executive riding a bike. His family says festival organizers skimped on traffic safeguards while packing people downtown to hear more than 2,000 bands.
Next year’s festival begins March 17.
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