Austin, TX- Attorneys representing the widow of man killed in a drunken driving accident at South by Southwest in March filed a lawsuit which accuses the festival’s organizers of negligence.
Rashad Owens was intoxicated and fleeing police when he plowed through barriers on Red River Street where a large crowd had gathered outside of a music venue. After going around the barriers, Owens drove into the crowd killing four people and injuring 20.
According to Time, eight lawsuits stemming from the accident name SXSW organizers are partly responsible for the accident because they failed to protect the victims from an errant driver. The suit notes that errant drivers—drivers who veer off course—cause nearly 20,000 accidents each year and SXSW organizers should have recognized that that was a potential risk and could have taken steps to prevent such an accident from occurring by using stronger barriers.
The San Antonio Current noted that the lawsuit hearkens back to a 2003 accident at the Santa Monica farmer’s market which left 10 people dead and injured 63 others. That accident resulted in a lengthy investigation by the National Traffic Safety Board, which recommended street festival organizers employ to stop barriers to stop errant drivers.
The lawsuit states, according to the SA Current, “The NTSB’s strongest recommendation was that the traffic control planners responsible for the farmer’s market should have deployed rigid barricades capable of absorbing and deflecting oncoming vehicles to prevent penetration by the moving vehicle into the pedestrian zone.”
The lawsuit names Owens, SXSW organizers, a local engineering company responsible for the festival’s traffic control plan.
SXSW organizers blame Owens, who has been charged with multiple counts of murder and assault, for the accident. The suit is seeking unspecified damages on behalf of Steven Craenmehr’s family for their loss of companionship, consortium and mental anguish.
A wrongful death suit allows surviving family members to not only seek compensation for their emotional distress, but also for the future financial problems that may arise when a family member is killed in an accident. Parents, children and spouses of traffic accident victims are also allowed to seek compensation for their medical and funeral expense, loss of financial support and loss of companionship.
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