AUSTIN, Texas -- Police say a man and woman have been killed after a drunken driver fleeing from arrest crashed through barricades set up for the South by Southwest festival and struck the pair and others on a crowded street.
The suspect reportedly drove off, heading the wrong way down 9th Street, which is a one-way street, turned onto Red River and crashed into a busy crowd at 11th street.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says 23 others were injured, five of them critically, in the incident around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. He says the two people who died were on a mo-ped that the motorist hit along with pedestrians who were leaving a club where a concert had been held.
Acevedo says the man faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.