The tragic car crash which occurred in Austin on March 18 during SXSW has claimed another victim. DeAndre Tatum, 18 years old, passed away from injuries sustained in the violence which occurred on the evening of March 13. The news was verified by the Austin Police Department.
DeAndre Tatum, the 4th victim of the #SXSW crash, passed away as a result of his injuries. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.
— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 27, 2014
Tatum's girlfriend was also injured in the crash, according to KXAN. After being hospitalized, she was released on March 18.
Rashad Charjuan Owens, the suspect who drove his car into a crowd gathered on Red River while attempting to escape the police, is currently being held on a bond of $3 million in the Travis County jail. He is facing one count of capital murder, guilt of which carries the death penalty in Texas.
Twenty-four people were initially injured in the crash; two died at the scene, and two, now including Tatum, died from injuries sustained.
A breath test indicated Owens' blood-alcohol content was .114, exceeding the legal limit of .08, according to an arrest warrant.
The question of additional capital murder charges against suspect Rashad Owens is still being considered. "Texas State law requires two or more deaths in the same criminal transaction for the filing of a capital murder charge," according to a release from the Austin Police Department.