Fort Worth teen dies from injuries endured in SXSW crash

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by MARJORIE OWENS

WFAA

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 27 at 5:33 PM

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FORT WORTH— De'Andre Tatum, 18, has died from injuries he endured the day a man plowed a vehicle into a crowd of SXSW revelers on March 13 in Austin.

Tatum, a Fort Worth native, was the last of the victims still in critical condition at the University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin following the deadly crash.

The teen's pastor and the Fort Worth Independent School District confirmed Tatum's passing Thursday afternoon.

A former Trimble Technical High School student, he was with his girlfriend on Red River Street when a suspected drunk driver in the midst of a chase with police drove through a road block and into the crowd.

Austin police said two victims died at the scene. Tatum was among eight victims transported to UMC Brackenridge. Sandy Le, 26, was pronounced dead days later while Tatum remained in the hospital in critical conditon.

"He has a broken leg, a broken pelvis bone and a severe brain injury," said his mother, Tamara O'Neal, while by his side at the hospital on March 13.

His girlfriend, 17-year-old Curtisha Davis, was also struck by the car. She was released from the hospital and back home in North Texas on March 18.

Dr. Christopher Ziebell, head of the emergency room at UMC Brackenridge, expressed the seriousness of Tatum's injuries after he was transported to the hospital.

“These are some of the worst injuries that we see and not everybody with these kinds of injuries survives," he said.

The driver involved in the crash was later identified as 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens, who was charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault.

 

 

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