As reported by “Rolling Stone" on March 13, two people were killed early Thursday morning when a car drove through a barricade that was set up for the annual music and film festival called SXSW (South By Southwest). In addition, 21 others were injured when a lone male driver plowed through the busy street filled with pedestrians. Andy Cohen, the host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” is in Austin this week for SXSW and tweeted on Thursday, “So sad to wake up to the tragic news at #SXSW.”
The accident occurred at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, just one hour after Cohen finished his live segment of “Watch What Happens Live” for Bravo. The driver is being investigated for driving under the influence after speeding through the streets of Austin, slamming into a moped, and then fleeing on foot. He was taken into custody by policemen.
"As a result of this person's reckless and willful disregard for the safety of the people, we have two individuals who are now dead," Police Chief Art Acevedo stated during a press conference. The entire incident lasted under two minutes. In addition to the two deaths, 21 victims were transported to local hospitals with injuries ranging from “minor to critical.”
Every year, the annual SXSW Interactive Festival features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technologies, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders, and an unbeatable lineup of special programs and performances. SXSW began in 1987 and has continued to grow in size every year. It is Austin’s signature event that includes music, film and interactive festivals.
In 2014, SXSW attracted both Andy Cohen and Jimmy Kimmel, who are broadcasting live TV shows from the festival all this week. Cohen concludes his run at SXSW on Thursday with guests Josh Lucas and Shaquille O’Neal. Andy’s previous "WWHL" guests this week in Austin for SXSW included Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Brandi Glanville, Sonja Morgan, Gabrielle Mann and house band, Betty Who. “Watch What Happens Live” airs Sunday-Thursday nights at 11 p.m. EST on Bravo.
Jimmy Kimmel is also in Austin this week for SXSW. Thursday night’s guests include Lady Gaga, Darby Stanchfield, and musical guest the Preatures. On Friday, Kimmel closes out his Austin live shows with Willie Nelson, Lil Wayne, and the Los Lonely Boys. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs at 11:35 p.m. EST on Monday-Friday nights on ABC.
Fans at home can watch a live video stream of SXSW. Head to sxsw.com/live for a complete schedule of upcoming streams.
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