Comments on Vehicle Tragedy at SXSW, Helps Create SXSW Cares Fund
As was previously reported, on March 13th a drunk driver sped away from a police stop, crashed through barricades, and hit several fans waiting to enter the Mohawk Club on Red River during SXSW. Two died and 23 were injured in the crash.
The Mohawk club, a venue previously featured on Metalunderground.com (read the road report on Suicidal Tendencies), issued the following statement concerning the accident and the next day's events:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of last night’s senseless tragedy. We are working together with SXSW and city officials on next steps. We will be canceling all events scheduled for this afternoon. Tonight’s events are still pending, we will communicate information as it becomes available. Our hearts are broken, thank you, as always, for the love and support.
In a press release issued by SXSW, Mohawk owner, James Moody expressed:
“My staff and myself are broken hearted for not only the victims and families of this senseless tragedy but also for our beloved Red River and this entire community."
Additionally, the press release states that Cheer Up Charlie's and Mohawk carried on their business at 7 PM on the 13th.
"After talking with the Austin Police Department, we have determined that the most prudent course of action is to move forward with the SXSW shows scheduled at the Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie's tonight. If we were to turn away potentially thousands of people who will arrive to see the shows, it would create a serious safety issue,” said SXSW Founder Roland Swenson.
The community of Austin and SXSW have built the SXSW Cares charity to help the victims of the tragedy and for future catastrophes. Visit their website here for information on how to donate.
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