A series of lawsuits have been filed against organisers of the South by Southwest festival by victims of a fatal car crash that marred the event earlier this year (14).
Aspiring rapper Rashad Owens lost control of the car he was driving and steered into a crowd of music fans waiting outside The Mohawk Club in Texas in March (14).
Two victims, Steven Craenmehr and Jamie Ranae, died at the scene and more than 20 people were injured. Two further victims, DeAndre Tatum and Sandy Le, died from their injuries days after the tragedy.
A series of lawsuits were filed in three different courts in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday (18Dec14) on behalf of eight victims, including three who died, accusing festival organisers of negligence.
Craenmehr's widow and mother are among those filing a wrongful death lawsuit. They claim festival bosses skimped on traffic safeguarding, writing, "A festival organiser or traffic design consultant of ordinary intelligence would have anticipated the danger."
Their lawyer Scott Hendler says,“We want to hold South by Southwest accountable for the deaths that were the result of an absolutely preventable tragedy."
All lawsuits are seeking unspecified damages from festival organisers, as well as Owens and a local engineering company.
Owens has been jail on murder charges since March (14).