SXSW crash suspect faces 4 new charges, 26 in total

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The suspect in the downtown Austin crash at South by Southwest that killed four people faces four new charges, according to the Travis County Jail.

Rashad Owens, 21, now faces 26 charges including capital murder and 24 charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. One other charge is unlisted.

One of the new charges is for the injury of Mason Endres, 18, who recently finished up her stint at a rehab hospital and is now recovering after suffering a broken femur, fractured neck and a broken nose. These injuries put a heavy financial burden on her family, so a local magician is hosting a fundraiser for Endres on Friday at 7 p.m. to help cover the costs of her medical bills.

On the night of his arrest, a breath test showed Owens’ blood-alcohol content as .114. The legal limit in Texas is .08. Owens fled from police when officers looking for suspected drunken drivers tried to pull him over when they spotted his 2012 gray Honda Civic didn’t have his headlights turned on, according to his arrest warrant. Owens made a turn out of a wrong lane, nearly colliding with a police cruiser.

After driving the wrong way down Ninth Street, Owens rammed through a barricade at Red River Street set up to divide SXSW crowds and traffic, forcing another police officer manning the roadblock to dive out of the way.

While reviewing video of the crash, police say Owens accelerated into crowds of people for nearly three blocks along Red River Street and did not hit his brakes, the document said.

His bail now sits at $5.1 million, up from $3 million.

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