Deadly Florida Pride Parade Crash Appears Unintentional, Officials Say

The driver, who killed one person and injured another after slamming his truck into a Pride parade in Florida, acted unintentionally, officials said.

Fort Lauderdale police said in a statement on June 20 that the 77-year-old driver was a member of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus participating in the event and had “ailments preventing him from walking the duration of the parade and was selected to drive as the lead vehicle.”

Police said that the vehicle “accelerated unexpectedly” at the start of the parade last June 19 and struck two other members of the chorus.

Police took the driver into custody, but did not file charges.

Police also said that the driver was cooperating with the investigation and showed no signs of drugs or alcohol consumption.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, who attended the parade, said that “horrifying” event “terrorized” him and “feared it could be intentional.”

“Law enforcement took what appeared obvious to me and others nearby and investigated further — as is their job. As the facts continue to be pieced together, a picture is emerging of an accident in which a truck careened out of control,” Trantalis said in a statement.

Trantalis initially told reporters that the act was intentional.

One man died from the crash while another remains in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the police.

The names of the driver and the victims have not yet been released as the investigation is ongoing.


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