Couple files lawsuit against Austin, SXSW for deadly SXSW crash

Scene outside Mohawk in Downtown Austin after car plowed through street packed with people in town for SXSW (Courtesy: Colin Kerrigan)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Another lawsuit has been filed against the city of Austin for the deadly crash at South by Southwest in 2014.

The lawsuit lists Jacqueline Longhurst and her boyfriend Luis Suarez as the plaintiffs. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs were attending the festival and in the vicinity of Red River and 10th Street when Rashad Owens drove his vehicle into a crowd of people, injuring plaintiffs. The suit names not only Owens, and the city, but South by Southwest as well as the owner of the car Owens borrowed that night.

The lawsuit claims the plaintiffs’ injuries have prevented them from working and have “lost wage earning capacity.” The plaintiffs are seeking monetary relief between $200,000 and $1 million.

Four people were killed the night of the March 13, 2014 crash, dozens more were injured.

Owens was convicted and sentenced in November to life in prison without parole. 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. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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