Four People Killed by Car in Austin, TX Music Festival
On a festive night in 2014, a local Texas community was devastated after a horrific incident took place outside a musical festival. As crowds of people gathered in the streets that were marked off for the occasion, a vehicle suddenly plowed through, allegedly striking many people so hard that their bodies became airborne. The fatal car accident resulted in the loss of four lives and left others injured.
The man who was behind the wheel of the car at the time recently pleaded not guilty to the two sets of murder charges against him. Authorities say that moments before the tragic accident occurred, the same man had fled a sobriety checkpoint on the road. He reportedly drove straight through a police barricade and kept going until he barrelled through the standing crowd at the festival.
Sadly, a 35-year-old and a 27-year-old died at the scene of the crash. Two others, one 26 and the other 18, succumbed to their injuries a week later. In addition to the murder charges against him, the driver also faces charges of aggravated assault with regard to the injured survivors.
A Personal Injury Lawyer can Help You Get Compensation
When a loved one dies in a fatal car accident, there is nothing that can undo what has already taken place. Families and friends are understandably grief-stricken in the aftermath of such a tragedy. In Texas and other states, however, there can be some comfort in knowing that the immediate family members of a deceased victim may choose to file a legal claim against any party or parties deemed responsible for their loved one’s death. While even a successfully litigated case cannot alter the loss of human life, it can provide monetary help to offset funeral costs or other financial damages incurred as a result of the tragedy.
Source: news.yahoo.com, “Bodies flew in the air at deadly 2014 SXSW crash, Texas trial told“, Jon Herskovitz, Nov. 2, 2015