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East Texans witness horrifying crash in Austin

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The man charged with killing two people and injuring several others Wednesday night in Austin was set to perform at a nearby club just 30 minutes after the deadly crash.

Rashad Owens' friend says Owens borrowed another friend's car who was also in Austin. He denies Owens stole the vehicle used in the crash. 

Owens drove the car into a crowd of people just after midnight. 

The victims have been identified as 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr of Norway and 27-year-old Jamie West of Austin.

"As I witnessed a girl die right in front of my eyes, I realized that could have been any of my friends or me," says Amanda Braun of Tyler. 

"People were running, crying, and somebody told us a car had just driven through a crowd," says Socratese Villarreal, another witness.

Police say they pulled Owens over at a gas station for suspected drunk driving. They say Owens then slammed on his gas and went flying around a corner down Red River Street. 

Witnesses couldn't believe their eyes, "He was probably going like 70 miles-per-hour. He just took off and hit all these people right here," says one woman.

"The more bodies I saw, the more I was overcome by fear and the grossness of the event," says Daniel Villarreal.

A Fort Worth couple celebrating their spring break in Austin is now recovering in a hospital. 

"She was asking, 'Why? Why did he run through us? Why did he run through a crowd of people?' And we can't give her any answers," says the aunt of Curtisha Davis. 

Davis is doing well. Family members say her boyfriend, DeAndre Tatum, has a serious brain injury. 

"I just want him to get up and walk again, and to at least open his eyes and know that we're here for him!" says one of Tatum's friends. 

Like so many affected by the incident, all they can do is pray. 

Records show this is not the first time Rashad Owens has been involved in a drunk driving incident. 

According to jail records out of Fairbanks, Alaska, Owens was jailed on several charges ranging from DUI and criminal trespassing back in 2011. 

Owens is currently charged with capital murder and aggravated assault with a vehicle. 

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