Rashad Charjuan Owens, the driver who crashed through police barricades and into a crowd of people celebrating the SXSW festivities in Austin, Texas, killing two people and injuring dozens more, has been charged with capital murder and may get the death penalty. Owens may also face multiple counts of aggravated assault by vehicle after hitting pedestrians, a woman on a moped, a man on a bicycle, a taxi and a van.

The 21-year-old had been driving the wrong way down a one-way street in an attempt to evade police, who had tried to pull him over on suspicion of drunk driving. After the accident, Owens attempted to flee on foot before being captured by police wielding Tasers. His bond sits at $3 million, according to CNN.

Witnesses on the scene have described the harrowing event as "like something out of a movie." Videos, some graphic, have been uploaded to YouTube and social media, making this accident stand out in the minds of Americans. A video report from CNN can be seen here, but as we said, some footage may be disturbing.


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      IBx27
      • 9 Months Ago
      Look into this creature's past arrest records; it's time to remove it from society.
      J
      • 9 Months Ago
      Texas' welcome sign consists of a picture of an electric chair with the following caption: Welcome to Texas! Don't F*** up!
      AngeloD
      • 9 Months Ago
      Good. It's about time.
      Koenigsegg
      • 9 Months Ago
      more like something out of grand theft auto
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 9 Months Ago
      Capital Murder in Texas, you're gonna have a bad day.
      kajohns1964
      • 9 Months Ago
      The lesson to be learned is police should not chase fleeing suspects in areas where thousands of pedestrians in the streets. Most drunk drivers make it home safe and pass out. Only a small percentage are involved in accidents.
      Justin Campanale
      • 9 Months Ago
      Executing someone because he killed someone is about as effective as taking a baseball bat to your car because it blew its transmission. The additional killing will not bring the original victim back, no matter what, and it is naive to think that by killing another man you are doing the victim's family a favor. If revenge is justice's motive, then it has already lost.
        peteMT
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Then, Justin, YOU open your wallet to pay for his care and feeding for the next 50 years. I'll have none of it. Same with your third-grade analogies. The law is the law; this waste of carbon deserves what he gets. The sad thing is that either way, the good taxpayers of this city and state will foot the bill for this liability and threat to society. Why is his life worth so much to you?
          Billy Devine
          • 9 Months Ago
          @peteMT
          IF society does not value his life for any reason than indirectly we prove his thoughts and actions on not valuing the life/lives he has taken by taking the same action! Two wrongs don't make a right type of thought. Also how sad it is to put a dollar amount in front of a human, but since you did it just know putting him to death will cost more than keeping him alive in hell caged like a mouse being told what and where and when to do like a dog for the rest of his life in prison. Why is his life so important? because the lives he took are still that important to keep him alive of serve his mouse like hell before he gets out of this world.
          johnnythemoney
          • 9 Months Ago
          @peteMT
          There are plenty of simple yet useful jobs he could do over the next 50 years to self-pay his feeding (not much more should be provided), like being the janitor's janitor's at his detention facility and so on. Death sentence sounds like the right punishment, but it's useless really. It never stopped new crimes from being committed.
        AngeloD
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        The death penalty completely eliminates the possibility that the convicted murderer will kill again. That's good enough reason.
          Quen47
          • 9 Months Ago
          @AngeloD
          Totally! It's been an effective deterrent in the US, which has a much lower violent crime rate than the rest of the developed world where it has been eliminated. Uh, wait a sec...
        Pj Taintz
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        its not even about revenge, its about protecting the public from people who have proven they do not belong amung us. if one has no issues killing an unborn baby i dont get why they have such a problem with killing criminals (not saying you are pro abortion but it makes me laugh that most liberals will be against the death penalty but pro abortion which is a death penalty for the unborn)
        otiswild
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        I'd settle for amputating his legs and letting him drag his homeless ass around in a cart for the rest of his godforsaken life. **** him, and **** paying for his incarceration.
      kajohns1964
      • 9 Months Ago
      The police who chased the driver share some responsibility for these deaths. If not being chased the driver more than likely would have went home or parked and passed out in the car. When being chased the drunk driver has no choice then to flee. With today's communications police do not need to chase any vehicles .
        yyz
        • 9 Months Ago
        @kajohns1964
        Now THAT is some seriously messed up thinking. It sounds as though you like to throw a few back and get behind the wheel too. Maybe we'll be reading about you running over a few pedestrians in the near future.
        Sasha
        • 9 Months Ago
        @kajohns1964
        Downvote all you want, what the man says is true.
      VDuB
      • 9 Months Ago
      Yes what he did was horrible, but the death penalty is a bit extreme. It wasn't premeditated.
        Stang70Fastback
        • 9 Months Ago
        @VDuB
        Honestly, when you have three prior DUI charges already, it's pretty much premeditated at that point.
        gtrzdad
        • 9 Months Ago
        @VDuB
        Just what about the death penalty is a bit extreme? You talk that to the families of the murdered victims.
          Brian Calhoun
          • 9 Months Ago
          @gtrzdad
          Because... http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/05/us/texas-affluenza-teen/
      Kenyon
      • 9 Months Ago
      They don't fry people in Texas. I have never heard of a drunk driver getting the death penalty. There gave been drunks who have killed more people. He is a black male and that is all that matters. You have to prove that he was intentionally trying to hit and kill people. He says he was trying to get away from the cops. Give him a stiff prison sentence, but not death.
        Pj Taintz
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Kenyon
        right, we should always take the words of a repeat offender...because they are SO trustworthy....
      flammablewater
      • 9 Months Ago
      What about that kid who killed 4 people and got away with it by being too rich? Why didn't he get the death penalty?
        Barry_in_Htown
        • 9 Months Ago
        @flammablewater
        While the perpetrator in this case is black, so precedent is irrelevant. He is a black man who committed a crime i America, so expect the book to the thrown at him.
          N.O.
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Barry_in_Htown
          I am perfectly fine with that Barry! And if you or any other black don't like the US justice system you are all perfectly free to move to the African country of your choice and try theirs! Simple and everyone's happy!
          Pj Taintz
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Barry_in_Htown
          3 prior DUIs - suspended license. rehab didnt work, fry the f#%^ker race is not important
        Eggmania
        • 9 Months Ago
        @flammablewater
        hes paying for the economy for at least 10 more future lawyers. they gotta let that one slide. every human life is precious. death penalty is a political choice. try to rehab him, dont let him out before you know hes ok. or not. id rather not judge people. ive done stupid things. this is beyond stupid though
          Pj Taintz
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Eggmania
          3 prior DUIs - suspended license. rehab didnt work, fry the f#%^ker
        N.O.
        • 9 Months Ago
        @flammablewater
        Both should get at least 30 years behind bars.
      oneeightteenth
      • 9 Months Ago
      This thread is full of hate - not racist or classist (I hope) but nonetheless hatred against a fellow human being. We are all capable of horrible actions like this and we are all capable of reforming and giving back to society.
        Ducman69
        • 9 Months Ago
        @oneeightteenth
        LOL, what kind of nonsense is that? That's like looking at a condemned pedophile that raped five kids and saying, "hey were are all capable of horrible actions like this and we are all capable of reforming and giving back to society". BS! This guy is a piece of trash. He was driving a car that was reported stolen. He has DUIs in the past, he's been charged with leaving the scene of an accident before, he chose to drink and drive again in spite of this and was again well over the limit (he made that decision while sober), he was driving with his headlights off and nearly crashed into the police officer, then when the lights came on unlike 99.9% of us he didn't pull over and instead started racing through streets with reckless abandon, the officers statement is that he wasn't just evading police but intentionally aiming for crowds of people, and then even after ramming several people with his vehicle, surely knowing he had just killed people, he still gets out and runs for it, he has warrants still standing for kidnapping charges, he has more current outstanding criminal charges in Alaska, he was already convicted in Killeen ISD for criminal trespass (likely trying to steal), and this guy is only 21 years old. Speaking of being only 21 years old, do you know how many kids he has? SIX... you didn't read that wrong, SIX KIDS! He is a piece of trash that has murdered good upstanding people with grieving mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, and children. THOSE are the people that were giving to society, making the world a better place, and did nothing wrong until this madman killed them. Here's your hero's facebook picture: http://media.heavy.com/media/2014/03/Rashad-3.jpg
          clquake
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Ducman69
          No, Ducman's right. This guy is trash, there's nothing redeemable about him at all.
          oneeightteenth
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Ducman69
          Did you get anything out of Breaking Bad or did you think it was another show about good guys vs bad guys? I think we all need to be able to see ourselves in criminals, even drug dealers, drunk drivers, pedophiles. When we start calling other humans trash, it becomes easier for us not only to execute them but also abuse them, as well as put other people in the "trash" category who look like them but haven't been convicted of any crime.
        Brian Calhoun
        • 9 Months Ago
        @oneeightteenth
        Lol not saying its race or class based when literally this happened in the same state. http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/05/us/texas-affluenza-teen/ White kid needs help. Black kid kill him, we hope he burns in hell we don't care that he wasn't drunk and was panicking at a DWI checkpoint and the entire reason 2 people were killed and numerous others got hurt was because the police chose to act like a mob and chase him instead of simply calling in a damn helicopter.
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