Driver hits 2 people at start of Pride parade in South Florida

20 Juin, 2021, 08:22 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • 1 person is dead after a truck hit pedestrians at a Florida Pride parade

One person has been killed after a man drove a truck into a crowd of marchers at a Stonewall pride parade in Florida's Wilton Manors.

The collision happened during the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., makes a call after a truck drove into a crowd of people during The Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival in Wilton Manors, Fla., Saturday, June 19, 2021.

Trantalis said the truck missed the congresswoman "by inches" before it crashed into a plant nursery, WPLG-TV in Fort Lauderdale reported. Trantalis, who witnessed the incident, described it as a terrorist attack on the LGBTQ+ community, according to WSVN-TV. It was canceled after the crash, according to Wilton Manors police, though the festival continued. The other victim is expected to survive, police said.

Users shared photos allegedly made on scene after the incident.

Chris Caputo, city commissioner for Wilton Manors, the location of the parade, tweeted, "It seems increasingly probable it was an accident".

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In a statement Saturday night, Wasserman Schultz said she was safe but "deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost". She was seen in tears as first responders arrived on the scene and administered CPR to a person laying on the road.

Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said, "This tragedy took place within feet of me and my BSO team, and we are devastated having witnessed this horrific incident". "May the memory of the life lost be for a blessing". While several eyewitnesses overheard the driver tell police it was an accident, one spectator told The Sun Sentinel 'it was definitely an intentional act right across the lanes of traffic'. A driver has slammed into spectators at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida, injuring at least two people.

Wilton Manors police tweeted that the pride march was now cancelled due to a "tragic event", only noting that there was no danger to the public and without providing additional details.

June is Pride Month, commemorating the June 1969 police raid targeting gay patrons at the Stonewall Inn in NY that led to an uprising of LGBTQ Americans and served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement.

The truck narrowly missed Wasserman Schultz, according to WPLG.

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