SXSW Car Crash Driver Given Life Sentence

9 November 2015 | 11:32 am | Staff Writer

Following last year's fatal accident.

The man responsible for killing four people in a car crash at last year's South By Southwest Festival has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

According to StatesmanRashad Evans was found guilty of capital murder by a Travis County jury on Friday.

In March 2014, Evans crashed his car into a crowd of people outside The Mohawk venue while intoxicated at the Austin festival, killing Steven Craenmehr, 35, Jamie Ranae West, 27, Deandre Tatum, 18 and Sandy Le, 27.

More than 20 others were also injured in the tragic crash. 

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The jury unanimously agreed that Evans, 23, "intentionally or knowingly caused the death of two or more people."

Evans was driving under the influence at up to 55 mph at the time of the crash and was arrested at the scene of the crime after he tried to escape on foot. It is understood that the aspiring rapper was on his way to his own gig at a venue nearby.

Prosecuting attorney Amy Meredith argued to the jury, "There is no other answer but the defendant knew what he was doing and he didn't care."