SXSW crash victims remembered during vigil

Ghost Bike at the scene of the SXSW accident

Austin (KXAN)- As SXSW comes to a close, one of the most memorable things about this year’s festival got a lot of attention on Sunday.

A vigil remembered the two victims killed during the crash that happened early Thursday morning.

People gathered at Ninth and Red River streets, the intersection where a driver plowed into the crowd, killing two and hurting 23 others.

The group Please Be Kind to Cyclists put a ghost bike on display to honor Steven Craenmehr, 35, who was riding a bike when he was killed.

Friends of Craenmehr say they will always remember the moments right before the crash.

“We were listening to a couple of good bands. And I gave him a hug and he said, ‘A bit longer,'” said friend Bart Hendrikx. “And then he walked out, and that’s when it happened.”

Please Be Kind to Cyclists took to the streets after the vigil for a memorial ride. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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