Multiple people run over by truck during Florida pride parade

Ross Houston
June 20, 2021

The driver of a pickup truck slammed into a crowd gathering for a Pride parade yesterday in south Florida, killing at least one man, United States media reports said.

The incident happened at the start of the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade and festival, an LGBTQ celebration in a town near Fort Lauderdale.

Justin Knight, the president of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus, said through a spokesman to WPLG that the driver and the victims were all members of the community.

Knight said: "To my knowledge it was an accident".

Fort Lauderdale mayor Dean Trantalis, who was at the march as one of Florida's most prominent out officials, told WPLG he believed it was a deliberate attack.

Trantalis said the driver attempted to flee but was quickly apprehended by police officers who took him into custody.

'All of a sudden there was a loud revving of a truck and a crash through a fence, ' the spectator told the paper. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported at least one other person was injured, but expected to survive.

As the Associated Press reported earlier Saturday, a driver "slammed into spectators Saturday evening at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida, killing one man and seriously injuring another".

"It was definitely an intentional act right across the lanes of traffic". He was wearing a Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus t-shirt.

Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said on Facebook that he had also been at the scene.

"This tragedy took place within feet of me and my (Broward Sheriff's Office) team, and we are devastated having witnessed this horrific incident".

Wilton Manors Mayor Scott Newton said in a statement that the investigation is ongoing.

"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 ask for patience as we work to conduct a thorough and complete investigation". "May the memory of the life lost be for a blessing", she added. "Our hearts are breaking and we continue to pray no more innocent lives are lost", she tweeted.

Police tweeted Saturday night that the parade was canceled due to a 'tragic event.' The department said the public is not in danger.

June is Pride Month, which commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots sparked by repeated police raids on a popular gay bar in NY.

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