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'Full of life' Miss. woman third person to die from SXSW car crash

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Sandy Thuy Le of Pass Christian, Miss. had been on life support since Thursday. (Source: Facebook) Sandy Thuy Le of Pass Christian, Miss. had been on life support since Thursday. (Source: Facebook)
A car reportedly plowed through a blocked-off street. A car reportedly plowed through a blocked-off street.
A ghost bike sits outside The Mohawk Club in memory of Steven Craenmehr. (Photo Source: Instagram user @drgrasshopper) A ghost bike sits outside The Mohawk Club in memory of Steven Craenmehr. (Photo Source: Instagram user @drgrasshopper)
Authorities accuse 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens with capital murder. Authorities accuse 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens with capital murder.

(WMC-TV) - A Mississippi woman died Monday after suffering injuries from the devastating accident that killed two others and injured 22 festival-goers during South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.

Sandy Thuy Le of Pass Christian, Miss. had been on life support since Thursday; a suspected drunk driver ran her over outside The Mohawk music club early that morning, according to a police report.

Family surrounded the 26-year-old when she passed.

"She lived in this whimsy that almost made you jealous. She was a very carefree and nonchalant person with a definitely giving spirit, and she was very selfless," her brother-in-law Stuart Gates told The Clarion Ledger. "She was full of life, she was quirky, and she was always someone you were looking forward to seeing."

Authorities accuse 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens with capital murder of 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr, who was riding a bicycle, and 27-year-old Jamie West, who was on the back of a moped.

Owens reportedly plowed through a blocked-off street to avoid a DUI checkpoint. According to an affidavit, video evidence shows his Honda intentionally, or knowingly, hit people in the path of the car, which was driving at a speed that did not allow pedestrians to move out of the way. Investigators expect additional charges to be filed against Owens.

Two other victims are still being treated, but most of the others affected by the accident were released with non-life threatening injuries.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and the families of the fatalities," said SXSW managing director Roland Swenson last week during a news conference.

Friends remembered Le on social media Monday by changing Facebook profile pictures to a variety of photos of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science graduate. Users nationwide sent Tweets reaching out the family, linking to a Fundly page raising money for funeral and hospital costs.

In addition, the festival—attracting more than 200,000 internationally for technology, film, and music performances—will disburse donations to victims from the SXSW Cares Fund.

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