AUSTIN (KXAN) — As daylight faded Thursday, the music rose and crowds came out.
Crowds enjoyed South By Southwest and the sounds of Lady Gaga at Stubb’s, down the street from where a driver struck fans.
“I thought about my little sister. You know, nothing you could really do. I’ve seen some pretty crazy things in my time, but nothing like that,” said Taui Moe who saw part of the crash and was also in performing with the group Splitbreed. “I just wanted to help them, man. I ran up, but I got two feet away from [one of the victims] and I knew that she was gone.”
Members of Splitbreed canceled their show. What they witnessed shook them.
By the afternoon, promoters were preparing for the night.
“It’s tragic what happened, but you can’t let something like that dampen the mood of the whole rest of the festival,” Dave Belmar with See-Hear Productions, Inc.
Fans lined up outside Stubb’s, awaiting the show.
“I guess it makes sense. A lot of people travel from all over the place to come here and it’s really tragic and we’re were really close to the incident when it happened,” said Abdul Dremali, who was waiting in line for the Lady Gaga concert. “But I guess I understand it going on still.”
“One crazy guy, shouldn’t be able to shut down an entire festival,” said Moe.