5 remain in hospital following SXSW crash that left 3 dead

SXSW crash memorial (Mark Batchelder/KXAN)

AUSTIN (AP) — Five people remain hospitalized nearly a week after a suspected drunken driver plowed into a South By Southwest festival crowd in a crash that has claimed three lives.

A spokesman for University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin says four victims were still hospitalized Tuesday.

Curtisha Davis, 19, from Fort Worth, checked out of the hospital on Tuesday, lowering the total number of patients hospitalized to five. Her boyfriend, DeAndre Tatum, 18, remains in critical condition.

Gracie Nguyen, 23, was upgraded from serious to fair condition on Monday. Nguyen was visiting from Houston and suffered fractured skull and a broken leg.

Evan West is in fair condition and Joseph McCraney is in good condition. West is the husband of Jamie West, who was one of the three killed in the crash.

An official for St. David’s Medical Center says one victim remains hospitalized in fair condition.

Police say the driver, Rashad Owens of Killeen, was legally intoxicated and fleeing from officers when he veered into the crowd. Two people were killed Thursday. Austin police say a third critically injured person, Sandy Thuy Le, died Monday.

Owens remains jailed on capital murder and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle charges.

Information from Associated Press was used in this report.

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