Charges added in South by Southwest car accident

A car accident can happen for a variety of reasons, from drinking and driving to poor weather to distracted driving. Along with this, there are times when a driver makes a bad decision that leads to serious injury or even death.

A 21-year-old man who crashed his car into a crowd at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, finds himself faced with 20 new charges.

According to jail documents that were posted on the Internet, additional charges have been filed against the man as a result of the accident in which he killed four and left 17 others injured. Before these charges were ever brought to light, the man was already charged with capital murder in relation to the incident that occurred on March 13.

Police say the man was fleeing an officer, which led him to drive down a street that was closed off because the South by Southwest music festival was taking place in the city.

At this time, the man remains in jail with his bail set at $3 million. Each one of the new charges is punishable by a period of 99 years in prison. Even though new charges have been added, he could be charged with even more in the future.

This car accident could have been avoided if the man would have decided against fleeing police. Instead, he made the decision to take his vehicle down a closed street, which led to a collision with a crowd, resulting in the death of several people and many others suffering serious injuries.

Source: The Houston Chronicle, “20 charges added in South by Southwest fatal crash” No author given, Apr. 01, 2014