More charges filed against SXSW crash suspect

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by KVUE.com and SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS

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Posted on April 1, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 1 at 6:45 PM

AUSTIN -- A total of 21 charges have been filed against Rashad Owens, the man accused of driving drunk and plowing into a crowd of SXSW festival-goers last month.

Owens, 21, was already charged with capital murder in the downtown crash that left four dead and 20 injured.

Twenty more charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon have been filed against him, according to the Travis County Jail's website.

Around 12:30 am on March 13th, 18-year-old Grace Neill and 4 of her friends waited on the corner of 9th and Red River for a parent to pick them up after a long day at SXSW, when a car came blazing down the road.

"I had no idea what just happened, it felt like a dream completely," she said.

Police say Rashad Owens ran from police, through a barricade and crashed into a crowd of people.His blood alcohol level was at .114. Neill got hit and thrown to the curb.

"To my right there was this man, he was not responsive. I mean, I thought he was dead," she explained.

She went to the hospital with a bruised leg. Her best friend, Mason Endres, is still there recovering from far more serious injuries.

"How could someone do that honestly?" she said.

Since the crash Neill's learned more about what happened and the man responsible.

"That just makes me sick to my stomach, the fact that he knew. He was just being completely selfish. He just wanted to get away," she said. "It just sickens me."

Officers believe Owens intentionally drove through barriers set up for the music festival at Red River and 9th Street on March 13.

Jamie West, Steven Craenmehr, Sandy Le and De'Andre Tatum were killed.

Owens is set to appear in court on April 9 for the capital murder charge. The Travis County District Attorney's office tells Kvue more charges could be filed later.

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