Fatal crash at South By Southwest festival

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Bystanders assist first responders at the scene at SXSW festival in Austin, TX early Thursday morning March 13, 2014 where 2 people died and dozens more were injured after a hit and run. Police say a man and woman have been killed after a drunken driver fleeing from arrest crashed through barricades set up for the South By Southwest festival and struck the pair and others on a crowded street. (AP Photo/Colin Kerrigan)

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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