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SXSW: Suspected Drunk Driver Plows Into Crowd Killing 2, Tyler, The Creator Reacts

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Two people were killed early Thursday morning after a suspected drunk driver, fleeing cops plowed into a crowd at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. According to the Austin Police Department, the man and woman who lost their lives were riding a moped when the accident occurred.

During a news conference, authorities confirmed that at least 23 others were hospitalized. “We had a large crowd,” Art Acevedo, chief of the APD said. “I just thank God that a lot of the folks had already been pushed on the sidewalk or this could have been a lot worse.”

Acevedo added, “There is only one person responsible for this, someone with no regard for the sanctity of life. Our focus is on gathering evidence and seeking justice for the people who lost their lives.”

The suspect was reportedly driving the wrong way down a one way street and when officers tried to pull  him over, he sped off.  That’s when the suspect ran into barricades on a busy street where several clubs are located. The suspect is currently in custody and will face two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault by a vehicle.

When the accident took place, rapper, Tyler, the Creator was getting ready to hit the stage for the Vans showcase. Tyler took to Twitter to announce that the show was not happening.

“Show Isnt Happening, Something Sad Happened. I’m Bummed,” he wrote.

At that point, we are pretty sure Tyler didn’t know the severity of the incident.

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Girl Power Prevails At The 2017 American Music Awards

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Music’s most amazing night went down Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. and we have to say the night was all about the ladies!

That’s right the 45th American Music Awards had some major moments and some major girl power starting with Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

The duo got the show started singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, but it was their solo performances that had fans going nuts.

Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage and had everyone on their feet with a medley of her classic tracks and new single “Love So Soft.”

While Pink took her career to new heights leaping off the side of a building while performing her hit single “Beautiful Trauma.”

Christina Aguilera, paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a commemorative performance for the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

But the #Majah moment of the night had to be Diana Ross. The Motown legend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed some of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.

 

Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

 

 

 

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