Truck runs over two people, killing one, at Florida Pride parade
Two participants in a Florida Pride parade were run over by a truck on Saturday night in what the Mayor of Fort Lauderdale described as a “terrorist attack against the LGBT community”.
#UPDATE: The driver of a pickup truck that struck two men, killing one, at a Pride parade in Florida were all connected to the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, the group’s president said Saturday.https://t.co/6h3yTlYCHB via @nbcnews
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However, others, including members of a local gay choir, have claimed the fatal crash was an accident and police said they are investigating all possibilities.
Florida Pride parade victim in critical condition
One of the victims died from his injuries, the other is in critical condition, according to WPLG Local 10 News.
The white pickup truck involved in the incident was lined up with other cars when the driver accelerated at around 7 p.m. at the start of the Wilton Manors celebration and ran over the two would-be protesters, the station reported.
The driver who narrowly missed the convertible rep. Meeting Debbie Wasserman Schultz was reportedly taken into custody.
According to the WPLG, the police have not announced any charges against the unknown person or discussed a possible motive. The driver told the police that the accident was an accident, the police said.
The driver and victim are members of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, according to the group leader, who said the incident was unintentional.
“To the best of my knowledge, it was an accident. This was not an attack on the LGBTQ community, ”choir president Justin Knight said in a statement.
“We expect more details to follow and ask for the love and support of the community.
However, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, who attended the parade in the gay-friendly town of Broward County, told the broadcaster that he believed the driver tried to beat the Democratic Congressman.
“That’s it. Hardly an accident. It was on purpose, it was willful, and it was directed against a specific person. Fortunately, they overlooked this person, but unfortunately they met two other people. ”
Wasserman Schultz was pictured crying at the crime scene. In a statement, she said she was safe but “deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost”.
“I am so sad about what happened at that celebration,” she said. “May the memory of the lost life be a blessing.”
A witness told The South Florida SunSentinal that she believed the crash was deliberate.
“Suddenly there was a loud spinning of a truck and a crash through a fence,” said viewer Christina Currie. “It was definitely a deliberate act across the lanes.”
“Due to a tragic event, the Stonewall Pride Parade was canceled, but the festival events will continue,” tweeted the Wilton Manors Police Department.