Moment of Silence
Victims of SXSW tragedy honored with Red River moment of silence
SXSW will hold a moment of silence to remember those lost during last year's deadly crash. On Monday, the festival announced that Red River clubs Cheer Up Charlies and Mohawk will pause for a moment of silence at midnight on Wednesday during their evening showcases.
On Wednesday, March 13, 2014 Rashad Owens crashed through a barricade and into a crowd of festival-goers on Red River Street outside of the two venues. The incident took the lives of four people and injured several more, making for a traumatic experience for the entire city.
"With sad hearts we carry the memory of that night and know the incident left an indelible mark on many people," SXSW officials said in Monday's statement.
The incident spurred conversations about safety, transportation and drunk driving in Austin, resulting in updates for festival planning. In addition to an increased police presence downtown, the city handed out less event permits during this year's SXSW festival.
Attendees are also encouraged to take public transportation or use TNC's like Lyft and Uber rather than driving to and from the downtown area.