Driver crashes into Florida Pride parade; mayor says 1 dead
Jun 20 2021
Multiple people were run over by a truck just as the Stonewall Pride Parade and Festival was kicking off in Wilton Manors Saturday night.
The alleged driver of the pickup truck that crashed into the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade.
The driver and the victims were part of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus family, according to a statement reported by news outlets from the group's president, Justin Knight. Lauderdale mayor Dean Trantalis, who was at the parade, told the broadcaster.
The driver was later taken into custody.
"The investigation is active and we were evaluating all possibilities", Fort Lauderdale police spokesperson Detective Ali Adamson said at a press conference.
"The parade had just begun and we saw people lining up and ready to move and all of a sudden this white pickup truck dashed right through the crowd, barely missing congresswoman Wasserman Schultz's auto by inches and smashed through a gate", the mayor said. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported at least one other person was injured, but expected to survive.
One person is dead, and another is in a critical condition after a driver slammed into spectators at a Pride parade in Florida.
"It was definitely an intentional act right across the lanes of traffic".
Wilton Manors is just north of Fort Lauderdale.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was participating in the parade.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz tweeted late Saturday: 'I am deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost and others seriously injured at tonight's Stonewall #Pride Parade.
"One person has died and the other remains hospitalised", Broward Sheriff's Office said on Twitter.
"We are devastated having witnessed this horrific incident".
"We're praying for the victims and their loved ones as law enforcement investigates, and I am providing them with whatever assistance I can", Wasserman Schultz added. "We are speaking with the driver involved", she said. May the memory of the life lost be for a blessing'.
GLAAD released a statement shortly after the horrifying scene at Wilton Manors.
The Wilton Manors Police Department tweeted that the Pride parade was canceled due to the "tragic event", although it reiterated that there was no danger to the public at this time.
June is Pride Month, which commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots sparked by repeated police raids on a popular gay bar in NY.