A third person has died as a result of a motorist ploughing
his car into a crowd of people outside a nightclub last week
at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, officials say.
University Medical Center Brackenridge and Austin police a
26-year-old woman, Sandy Thuy Le, has died. She was one of
the five people listed as being in critical condition after
the incident last Thursday.
Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, from Killeen, Texas, has been
charged with capital murder for the incident that has claimed
three lives and left nearly two dozen people injured.
Police said Owens fled from a sobriety checkpoint smashed
through a police barricade and then plowed down people, some
of them lined up outside a nightclub, over a span of several
The two other people killed were Jamie West, 27, from Austin
and Steven Craenmehr, 35, of Amsterdam.
Le's brother-in-law described her as someone who was quirky
and full of life.
"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 Stuart Gates
of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Le, a native Mississippi, attended both the University of
Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University for
college. She moved to Austin and planned to go back to school
there, her brother-in-law said.
Le's father was born in Vietnam and fought alongside U.S.
troops during the Vietnam War. He moved to the United States
where he started a family and a shrimping business. He and
his wife had four girls and a boy.
The family lost its home because of Hurricane Katrina in 2005
and bounced back, Gates said.