Five hospitalized in critical or serious condition after car plows into crowd, killing two

Thursday - 3/13/2014, 1:29pm EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A hospital official says two people are in critical condition, and three others are in serious condition, with injuries suffered when a suspected drunken driver who was fleeing police crashed through barricades overnight at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

Police say a man on a bicycle and a woman on a moped were killed.

According to Dr. Christopher Ziebell of University Medical Center-Brackenridge, the two people who are in critical condition have life-threatening head injuries.

In all, 23 people were injured.

Police say the driver eventually crashed and tried to flee on foot, but a police officer shocked him with a stun gun and took him into custody. The suspect faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. He was treated for minor injuries and turned over to police.

The annual music, film and interactive conference draws tens of thousands to Austin each year.

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180-a-08-(Dr. Chris Ziebell (ZYE'-behl), medical director, Emergency Department at University Medical Center Brackenridge, at news conference)-"of the police"-Dr. Chris Ziebell, medical director of the emergency department at University Medical Center Brackenridge says the suspect charged in the incident was among those hurt. (13 Mar 2014)

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181-a-15-(Dr. Chris Ziebell (ZYE'-behl), medical director, Emergency Department at University Medical Center Brackenridge, at news conference)-"long bone fractures"-Dr. Chris Ziebell, medical director of the emergency department at University Medical Center Brackenridge says the victims suffered numerous injuries. (13 Mar 2014)

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152-a-07-(Art Acevedo, Austin police chief, at news conference)-"a capital offense"-Police chief Art Acevedo says the driver has been charged with capital murder. (13 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO TXAUS201: People are treated after being struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas, on Wednesday March 12, 2014. Police say two people were confirmed dead at the scene after a car drove through temporary barricades set up for the South By Southwest festival and struck a crowd of pedestrians. The condition of the victims shown is unknown. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, MAGS OUT; NO SALES; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM (12 Mar 2014)

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