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9 remain hospitalized, 2 critical, after deadly crash at South By Southwest festival

AUSTIN, Texas — Nine people remain hospitalized, including two in critical condition, after a suspected drunken driver plowed into a South By Southwest festival crowd in Austin, leaving two people dead.

Police say most of the 23 injured people were treated and released following the crash early Thursday on a downtown Austin block filled with concertgoers

Jail records show the driver, identified as 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens, remained in custody Friday pending formal charges. Police have said they believe Owens was driving drunk. Toxicology test results are pending.

A spokesman for University Medical Center Brackenridge on Friday said two patients were critical, another is serious, another is in fair condition and two patients are in good condition. St. David’s HealthCare had three victims in fair condition.

Further details on the patients weren’t released.

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