Wed March 19, 2014
SXSW Crash Victim Fundraising Continues
Donations for victims of a deadly crash during South by Southwest continue to accumulate.
Last week, 21-year-old Rashad Owens was charged with capital murder in the killing of three festival-goers. Owens is alleged to have plowed his car through SXSW crowds at high speed in an attempt to evade police. Three victims have died.
A SXSW Cares relief fund was quickly set up by the Austin Community Foundation, with help from groups including SXSW and the City of Austin. The Austin Community Foundation's MariBen Ramsey says that online donations and additional contributions have raised approximately $160,000.
Additionally, fundraisers set up for individual victims of the crash have also launched online. A fundraising page for Sandy Le was set up while she was in critical condition; Le has since died. Over $23,000 has since been raised to offset expenses related to her hospitalization and death.
A separate fundraiser for married couple Evan and Jamie West has also been set up. The Wests were struck while riding a moped downtown. Jamie West was pronounced dead on the scene, while Evan West has remained hospitalized. So far, fundraising efforts have netted over $12,000.
Aware of any other fundraisers? Let us know in the comments below.