Florida pride parade crash caused by 77-year-old participant | Inquirer
 
 
 
 
 
 

Florida pride parade crash caused by 77-year-old participant

/ 05:45 AM June 21, 2021

The driver of a pickup truck that hit two pedestrians at the start of a gay pride parade in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was a 77-year-old participant in the event, police said on Sunday.

The driver, who has not been identified by local authorities, is cooperating fully with investigators, showed no signs of impairment and has not been charged, Fort Lauderdale police said in a written statement.

The victims, both adult males and members of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, were rushed to Broward Health Medical Center, where one of the victims was pronounced dead. The second victim was listed in a serious condition.

ADVERTISEMENT
Driver in Florida pride parade crash caused by 77-year-old participant

Emergency services are seen along the route of pride parade floats, in Wilton Manors, Florida, U.S. in this picture obtained from social media June 19, 2021. ERIC LIPSON/via REUTERS

The driver is also a member of the Gay Men’s Chorus.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

“The driver of the vehicle, a 77 year-old male, was a participant who had ailments preventing him from walking the duration of the parade and was selected to drive as the lead vehicle,” police said.

The incident remains under investigation.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, who was criticized after initially telling a local television station that the incident was premeditated and a “terrorist attack on the LGBT community,” appeared to walk back those statements on Twitter.

Driver in Florida pride parade crash caused by 77-year-old participant

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz makes a call after a truck drove into a crowd of people during The Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival in Wilton Manors, Florida, U.S. June 19, 2021. Chris Day/South Florida Sun Sentinel via REUTERS

“I was eyewitness to the horrifying events.I feared it could be intentional based on what I saw from mere feet away,” Trantalis said on Twitter.

“As the facts continue to be pieced together, a picture is emerging of an accident in which a truck careened out of control,” he said.

Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was in the parade, tweeted that she was safe, though she was “deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost and others seriously injured.”

(Reporting by Radhika Anilkumar in Bengaluru and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by William Mallard and Michael Perry)

Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
TAGS: car accident, Florida, LGBTQ
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.




We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.