SXSW tragedy: Drunk driver kills 2, injures dozens during high speed chase in Austin, TX
My brow is completely furrowed right now because I cannot believe what a drunk driver in Austin, Texas did at 12:30 a.m. this morning on streets crowded by people attending the South by Southwest festival, an annual music, film and interactive conference that draws thousands to the city every year. I think Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo put it perfectly when he said in a news conference that this person showed a "disregard for the sanctity of human life." This guy, whose name has not been released, was trying to avoid an officer who was working a drunken driving patrol, so he decided that a high speed chase in a crowded area was preferable to dealing with the consequences of being drunk and driving. He ended up killing two people and hurting many more.
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This idiot pulled into a gas station to get away from the officer who tried to stop him. Then he wove through a series of parked cars and took off at high speed in the silver Toyota he was driving down the wrong way on a one way street. The two people he killed were on a moped. He also hit a cab, crashed through a barricade that was set up for the festival and injured 23 people, five of them critically. When his car crashed into the barricade, this guy STILL tried to make a run for it, but they caught his sorry ass.
He faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. I'm sorry, this may be rash of me to say, but I hope he spends the rest of his life in jail. I agree with Acevedo that this guy has a total "disregard for the sanctity of human life." He killed and injured people instead of dealing with a DUI, which would have been bad enough. He turned himself and his vehicle into a murderous weapon.
I'm so sorry for the two lives lost, the many injured and all those traumatized by the incident.
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What could have possibly been going through this man's mind?