[Update] Third victim of SXSW incident passes, suspect to face grand jury
Announced as of Monday morning, the third victim of the fatal SXSW hit-and-run incident has passed. 26-year old Sandy Thuy Le was sent to the hospital in critical condition on March 12th when suspect Rashad Charjuan Owens drove through safety barricades and struck a crowd of pedestrians during the Austin festival.
Owens remains in custody and is currently being held at the Travis County Jail under a $3 million dollar bond and faces two counts for murder. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo reported earlier that Owens would also face as many as 23 counts of attempted aggravated assault with a vehicle, but as of Monday it has been reported that the case will now be presented in front of a grand jury and additional charges will not be released until the suspect has been indicted.
Le is the third death as a result of the incident and six still remain in the hospital.
In light of the tragic event, Austin club Mohawk and clothing brand Vans have set plans for donations to the victims and families affected. Vans has amassed Thursday’s proceeds from their pop-up store along with online sales from their Band Re-Issues shoe line to donate to the cause. In partnership with Cheer Up Charlie’s, SXSW and the City of Austin, Mohawk has organized the SXSW Cares Fund, which will be distributed to those most affected through a community-based process. Donations can be made to the SXSW Cares Fund here.
Le was living in Austin to gain residency and attend school after graduating from the Mississippi School of Mathematics and Science. She was the youngest of four in her family.