A pickup truck driver slammed right into a crowd at a Florida Pride parade in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday night, narrowly lacking Rep. Deborah Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and leaving no less than one individual lifeless.
At least one different individual was critically injured, reports stated.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis shortly denounced the crash on the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade as a “terrorist” assault on the LGBTQ group however police have stated they have not decided if the crash was intentional.
The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus later issued an announcement: “Our fellow Chorus members were those injured and the driver was also a part of the Chorus family. To my knowledge, this was not an attack on the LGBTQ community.”
The driver was reportedly ready to affix the parade as a consultant of the refrain when he accelerated into fellow members ready to march.
Trantalis stated the truck missed the congresswoman “by inches” earlier than it crashed right into a plant nursery, WPLG-TV in Fort Lauderdale reported. Wasserman Schultz had been using in a convertible in the parade.
Investigators have been talking with the driving force, who was in custody however authorities would not say if he had been arrested, Fort Lauderdale Police Det. Ali Adamson advised reporters.
Witnesses stated the driving force advised police the crash was an accident, in accordance with WPLG-TV in Fort Lauderdale. He stated he misplaced management of the truck after his foot turned caught between the gasoline and brake, in accordance with WFOR-TV in Miami.
He had reportedly been sporting a homosexual males’s refrain T-shirt and had a Pride flag waving from the again of his truck.
Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat who has been serving in Congress since 2005, later issued a collection of statements on Twitter.
“I am deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost and others seriously injured at tonight’s @WiltonManorsCty Stonewall #Pride Parade,” the congresswoman wrote in one message. “My staff, volunteers and I are thankfully safe.”
She was seen by witnesses in tears after the crash, in accordance with WPLG.
Nikki Fried, Florida agriculture commissioner and a gubernatorial candidate, was additionally on the parade. “Our hearts are breaking and we continue to pray no more innocent lives are lost,” she tweeted.
Wilton Manors Mayor Scott Newton stated in an announcement posted to Twitter, “A tragic incident occurred at today’s Stonewall event. Out of respect for everyone involved, the parade has been canceled and a thorough investigation is being conducted.”
The FBI is aiding with the investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.