Florida, USA: Police stated the truck driver participated within the Pleasure Parade. (Figurative)
One man was killed and one other injured in what US authorities stated Sunday was a “tragic accident” at a Homosexual Pleasure parade in Florida, the place a truck driver unintentionally sped up and struck pedestrians.
The incident occurred at first of the Wilton Manors Stonewall pleasure pageant and parade on Saturday, an LGBTQ celebration in a metropolis close to Fort Lauderdale within the southern US state, inflicting preliminary confusion as as to if the accident it was a part of a deliberate assault.
Fort Lauderdale police introduced Sunday that the 77-year-old driver participated within the festivities and was chosen to drive the lead automobile attributable to “illnesses that prevented him from strolling for the time.”
The white van had began transferring forward of the parade when it “sped up unexpectedly, hitting two pedestrians” earlier than crashing into the fence of a close-by enterprise, police stated in a press release.
The three males had been members of the Fort Lauderdale Homosexual Males’s Choir, police stated, including that the driving force cooperated with authorities.
The 2 grownup males had been taken to a medical facility the place one later died, in keeping with the assertion. The opposite stays hospitalized however is anticipated to outlive.
“At the moment we all know that yesterday’s incident was a tragic accident and never a legal act directed at anybody or group of individuals,” the Walton Manors Police Division stated in a separate assertion.
Justin Knight, president of the Fort Lauderdale Homosexual Males’s Choir, known as the incident an “unlucky accident.”
“Our ideas and prayers exit to these affected by the unlucky accident that occurred when the Stonewall Pleasure Parade was simply starting,” he stated in a press release Saturday.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, who was on the parade, initially instructed an area broadcaster that he thought the accident was “deliberate.”
Instantly afterwards, he known as it “a terrorist assault on the LGBT neighborhood” and claimed that the truck had focused the automotive of a Democratic congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was in a convertible ready to take part within the procession however narrowly missed her.
Trantalis defined Sunday that he had initially “feared it is perhaps intentional based mostly on what I noticed a couple of ft away.”
“As occasions proceed to be reconstructed, a picture of an accident is rising,” he stated.
Wasserman Schultz stated on Twitter that she was “heartbroken” by what occurred.
“I’m deeply shocked and devastated by the lack of a life,” she stated.
“My workers, volunteers and I are happily protected,” he added.
The Wilton Manors Police Division tweeted Saturday evening after the accident that the general public was not in peril.
June is Pleasure Month, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots sparked by repeated police raids on a well-liked homosexual bar in New York. The demonstrations proved to be a turning level within the LGBTQ neighborhood’s combat for civil rights.
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