Third Person Dies of Injuries From SXSW Crash

AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner

People are treated after being struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas, during SXSW on Wednesday March 12, 2014.

A woman who was critically injured during last week's car crash in Austin during South By Southwest has died, police and hospital officials confirmed Monday morning. It is the third fatality stemming from the crash.

Sandy Thuy Le, 26, died at University Medical Center Brackenridge, where family members were gathered. "Anybody who had the privilege of knowing her would tell you she's just full of life," Le's brother-in-law, Stuart Gates, told the Austin American-Statesman.

The Austin Police Dept. also confirmed Lee's death in an email and on Twitter.

Le was injured March 12 when police say 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens drove through barricades and plowed into pedestrians while trying to evade police. The incident occured on Red River St., which had been closed off for SXSW.

Steven Craenmehr, 35, of The Netherlands, and Jamie West, 27, were pronounced dead at the scene. Le and another pedestrian, DeAndre Tatum, had been listed in critical condition since the crash. Six people now remain in the hospital.

Owens is currently in custody on a capital murder charge at the Travis County Jail, and is being held on $3 million bond. The question of additional charges 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.


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