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4th Person Dies After Crash at South By Southwest Festival

Teen is the fourth victim to die following the crash in Downtown Austin



    Austin police said DeAndre "Dre" Tatum, 18, of Fort Worth, has died after he was hospitalized following a deadly crash in Austin during the South by Southwest Music Festival. (Published Friday, March 28, 2014)

    DeAndre "Dre" Tatum, the last remaining person hospitalized following a deadly crash in Austin during the South by Southwest Music Festival, has died, Austin police say.

    Tatum, 18, was placed in a medically-induced coma after he was run over by a suspected drunken driver who barreled through police barricades and drove down a crowded street in downtown Austin on March 13.

    Rashad Owens, 21, of Killeen, was the driver implicated in the crash. Police said Owens was trying to avoid arrest when he crashed into a closed street packed with people. He was charged with capital murder two days after the crash; more charges are likely with Tatum's death. Owens is currently being held on $3 million bond.

    Tatum is the fourth person to die following the crash. Also killed were Jamie Ranae West, 27, of Austin; Steven Gerardus Hendrikus Craenmehr, 35, of Amsterdam, Holland, were both killed at the scene; Sandy Le, of Pass Christian, Miss., died of her injuries March 17. Nearly two dozen others were injured.

    Tatum and his 18-year-old girlfriend Tish Davis were enjoying spring break in Austin when they were both among the two dozen people run over while walking down the street. Both Davis and Tatum are from Fort Worth; she a current student at Trimble Tech High School and he a recent graduate.

    Davis, who was injured in the crash as well, suffered a broken leg and injuries to her face and head before being allowed to return home to Fort Worth.

    Students at the school learned of Tatum's death Thursday during classes. School officials said grief counselors will be made available to them. 

    NBC 5 talked to Rev. Kyev Tatum, unrelated, the alumni president for the school who was also one of his mentors.

    ”He was a young man who loved life, and he had dreams to become successful in life.  You could not meet him and not love him, and this is really hard on all of us caused we loved him,” said Reverend Tatum.

    Davis told NBC 5's Scott Gordon she doesn't remember the crash. Her first memory is waking up in the hospital holding her grandmother's hands.

    "We was all walking next to each other and suddenly and all of the sudden we all got split up ... You know who I woke up to? I woke up next to my granny," said  Davis. " She was holding my hands. I was thinking, 'What happened to me? Why am I here?' I just can't believe they would hit me. And I've been through a lot of stuff."

    "I ain't never seen Dre sad or down or nothing like that.  That's what I think people will miss most about him, his personality," friend Chasity Daviss said.

    Funeral arrangements for Tatum have not yet been made public.

     NBC 5's Scott Gordon, Ben Russell and other NBC 5 staff contributed to this report.