4th Person Dead in SXSW Crash

Teen DeAndre Tatum succumbs to injuries
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2014 7:37 AM CDT
4th Person Dead in SXSW Crash
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo addresses the media during a press conference about the tragic accident during SXSW.   (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Laura Skelding)

The March 13 crash at Austin's South by Southwest festival has claimed a fourth life: Fort Worth native DeAndre Tatum, the last of the crash victims in critical condition, succumbed to his injuries yesterday, USA Today reports. He had been in a medically induced coma since the crash. That brings the death toll to four; two died the day of the crash, a third a few days later. Rapper and alleged drunk driver Rashad Owens of Texas has been charged with capital murder and is being held on $3 million bond; NBC News reports more charges are expected.

Tatum, 18, had been outside an Austin club with his girlfriend, Curtisha Davis, when the pair were struck by the speeding car, which careened through a police barricade. Davis suffered broken bones and a neck injury but was released from the hospital within days. Shortly after the crash, Tatum's mother noted her son had "a broken leg, a broken pelvis bone, and a severe brain injury," which a doctor at University Medical Center Brackenridge called "some of the worst injuries that we see and not everybody with these kinds of injuries survives." (More SXSW stories.)

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