Moment of silence at SXSW for last year’s crash victims

Crews respond to the aftermath, moments after a driver plowed through a crowd during the 2014 SXSW Festival in downtown Austin. Four people were killed, 20 others hurt. (Sophia Beausoleil / KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A moment of silence on Wednesday will mark one year and five days since a car crashed into a SXSW crowd and killed four people in Downtown Austin. The crash also injured more than 20 people on March 13, 2014.

“To honor the lives lost during the tragic incident at last year’s event, and in support of those who continue their recovery, SXSW has planned a midnight moment of silence on Wednesday, March 18 at the two venues on Red River closest to the site, Cheer Up Charlies and The Mohawk,” said SXSW spokeswoman Elizabeth Derczo. “With sad hearts, we carry the memory of that night and know the incident left an indelible mark on many people.”

The moment of silence will be a part of the Wednesday night showcase, Derczo added. This year’s SXSW kicked off on the anniversary of the deadly crash.

Meanwhile, the criminal case against Rashad Owens, the suspected drunken driver who police say plowed into the crowd of people, is expected to go to court by the end of the year.

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