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Third SXSW crash victim dies

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The death toll in the South by Southwest crash is now at three people. Family and friends are mourning the loss of 26-year-old Sandy Le who died Sunday night.

A girl that lit-up every room she walked into-- that's how 26-year-old Sandy Le's roommate wants her remembered.

"She had a way about her that very much lit-up a room and was just full of energy. That wouldn't be accurate to say that's her entire self in a nutshell, but I mean that's definitely something that everybody loved about her. She was just this energetic, unique presence," said Eric Nagurney, roommate.

An eight-year-long friendship that was gone in a flash Thursday morning. Sandy's roommate says she was out here watching a show with a group of friends. It took a while for anyone to find out she was actually involved in the crash.

"In all the craziness that ensued, people just lost track of her. Then some more texts started rolling in and we were able to find her by contacting the hospitals. I don't think they had really been able to identify her yet," said Nagurney.

Le was among the 25 others hit by alleged driver 21-year-old Rashad Owens. Police were attempting to pull Owens over when he took off, driving the wrong way down 9th Street then plowing through a crowd along Red River.

Le was taken to UMC Brackenridge in critical condition. She suffered major brain injuries.

Nagurney was the one who had to tell her family the news, a moment he says he'll never forget.

"Clearly there's a lot of extreme sadness but then a lot of the time, it also just doesn't quite feel real. I feel hollow inside a lot of the time just because I don't know how to process anything like this. It's just so unexpected," said Nagurney.

Nagurney had met Le in Mississippi, where she's from, they moved to Austin in 2011. Le had been attending Austin Community College and had big dreams ahead of her.

"She had just decided within the last year that dentistry was something she wanted to pursue. She was on her way to being in dental school," said Nagurney.

This past month Le began working at Forest Family Dentistry. Since the crash, her co-workers, family and friends have been by her side. The support is one thing Nagurney has appreciated the most.

"It is such a weird mixture of emotions because you're so sad about what's happened but your just so happy knowing that so many people loved her so much," said Nagurney.

Three lives lost in one night.

"It's impossible to forget you, you were such a presence," said Nagurney.

Le now joins 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr and 27-year-old Jamie West who were also killed.

A fund has been set up to help the family with medical and funeral expenses. More than $14,000 has already been raised by the help of 215 people. To donate click here.

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