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Deserve the Death Penalty? 3rd person Dies from Music Festival Crash. Dozens injured, many still hospitalized.

Posted by on Mar. 17, 2014 at 2:03 PM
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AUSTIN, Texas — A third person died Monday from injuries sustained in last week's tragedy in which a drunk driver plowed through a crowd outside a nightclub at the South By Southwest music festival.

A car hit the victim, Sandy Le, on Thursday outside The Mohawk nightclub, according to the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office.

Le, 26, was an Austin resident but was a native of Pass Christian, Miss., according to her family. She had been on life support in critical condition since the accident occurred.

"She lived in this whimsy that almost made you jealous, she was a very carefree and nonchalant person with a definitely giving spirit, and she was very selfless," said her brother-in-law, Stuart Gates of Hattiesburg, Miss. "She was full of life, she was quirky, and she was always someone you were looking forward to seeing."

Le was with a group of friends, some also injured, when police say Rashad Owens, 21, of Killeen, Texas, crashed through a barricade closing the downtown street to vehicle traffic. He's accused of driving drunk, fleeing from police and intentionally driving into a crowd of festival-goers.

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Jamie West, 27, of Austin; and Steven Craenmehr, 35, of Amsterdam, were killed that night. Twenty-two others were injured. Seven people remain hospitalized, including one other in critical condition.

Craenmehr was on a bicycle, and West was on a moped with her husband, police say. West's husband remains in the hospital.

SXSW ended its 28th year early Sunday.

Owens has been charged with capital murder, which means he will face the death penalty in court, and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. He remained in jail Monday on $3 million bond.

Owens' blood-alcohol level was 0.114 at the time of his arrest, police say. The legal limit in Texas is 0.08.

Le's family — her parents, a brother, and three sisters — came to Austin to be with her, Gates said.

"We've been through the indecision and the hope of pulling for a miracle," Gates said. "Now we're starting the business side of things, the funeral and the logistics."

Her funeral likely will be this weekend, he said.

Le graduated from the Mississippi School for Math and Science in 2006 and attended college at both the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University, Gates said. She had moved to Austin to establish residency and planned to return to school there.

Le's family has had several tragedies in the past few years, Gates said: The family lost their home in Hurricane Katrina, their shrimping business was hit during the BP oil spill, then Le's uncle disappeared from his dive boat in July and never was found.

"I'm just … hurting for adjectives right now," he said. "We've lost someone who knew how to live life and knew how to make people happy."

(Contributing: Therese Apel, The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger)







 





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jcrew6
by Gold Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Austin Police Chief Art Aceved said at a news conference that the motorist Rashad Owens, 21, of Killeen, right, crashed and tried to make a getaway on foot, but a police officer shocked him with a stun gun and took him into custody

billsfan1104
by Jules on Mar. 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM
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 this is just soooo sad

jcrew6
by Gold Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 2:09 PM

It is.  

Quoting billsfan1104:

 this is just soooo sad


nelopyma
by Bronze Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I don't have any sympathy for someone who drives under the influence.  Particularly if they kill someone while doing it.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Mar. 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM

If the courts decide that they have evidence that proves that he planned to drink to intoxication in order to execute those people, and then attempted to flee, yes.

Doesn't the threshold for the DP involve actual intent?


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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This is incredibly sad and infuriating.

I don't support the DP.

Even for this horrible person.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM

 Life in prison

jcrew6
by Gold Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Capital murder in Texas includes murder while escaping or attempting to escape law enforcement. He had a warrant out for his arrest from Alaska for, of all things, driving under the influence.  When cops followed him, he led them on the chase that resulted in this horrendous event. 

If the courts decide that they have evidence that proves that he planned to drink to intoxication in order to execute those people, and then attempted to flee, yes.

Doesn't the threshold for the DP involve actual intent?


sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

 21, a young dumb ass...Ended 3 lives and pretty much his own....

why do people drink and drive?

He should be in jail for the rest of his life

Quoting jcrew6:

Austin Police Chief Art Aceved said at a news conference that the motorist Rashad Owens, 21, of Killeen, right, crashed and tried to make a getaway on foot, but a police officer shocked him with a stun gun and took him into custody

 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

 Almost every case I have even heard of with a DUI where someone died, they had prior DUI's

Why do people do that?? so effin stupid

Quoting jcrew6:

Capital murder in Texas includes murder while escaping or attempting to escape law enforcement. He had a warrant out for his arrest from Alaska for, of all things, driving under the influence.  When cops followed him, he led them on the chase that resulted in this horrendous event. 

If the courts decide that they have evidence that proves that he planned to drink to intoxication in order to execute those people, and then attempted to flee, yes.

Doesn't the threshold for the DP involve actual intent?

 

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