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US At least 2 people struck by truck at Wilton Manors LGBTQ Pride parade in Florida

05:40  20 june  2021
05:40  20 june  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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At least two people were injured after being struck by a pickup truck at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida on Saturday night. Chris Caputo, a city commissioner in Wilton Manors , tweeted that it was "increasingly probable it was an accident.” But, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis told WSVN-TV that the driver accelerated into the crowd, describing the incident as a deliberate attack on the LGBTQ community.

A Florida man has been slapped with felony charges for leaving tire tracks across an intersection painted in the rainbow colors of the LGBT pride movement. LGBT activists cheered the police for throwing the book at the suspect. Alexander Jerich, 20, turned himself in to police in Delray Beach, Florida , on Thursday. Jerich was seen on Monday allegedly pulling onto the intersection in a pickup truck and spinning his rear tires for around 15 seconds, leaving black streaks across the rainbow stripes and sending clouds of smoke into the air.

At least two people were injured after being struck by a pickup truck at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida on Saturday night.

a person wearing a costume: U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida is comforted after a truck drove into a crowd of people during a Pride parade in Wilton Manors near Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. © Chris Day/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida is comforted after a truck drove into a crowd of people during a Pride parade in Wilton Manors near Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who was at the Stonewall Pride Parade event, along with U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ted Deutch, confirmed the incident on Twitter and said the driver was in custody.

"I’m lucky to be safe," Fried tweeted. "All of us here all praying for them and their families."

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  Driver hits 2 near Wasserman Schultz's car at Pride parade in South Florida Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis confirmed the crash occurred Saturday evening at the Stonewall Pride Parade.Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis confirmed the crash occurred Saturday evening at the Stonewall Pride Parade in the nearby city of Wilton Manors, WSVN-TV reported.

Pride parade was taking place in Wilton Manors early Saturday evening. 'This was a terrorist attack against the LGBTQ community,' Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis stated One person is dead, and another is in a critical condition after a pick-up truck driver slammed into spectators A driver has slammed into spectators at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida , injuring at least two people .

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The Fort Lauderdale Police Department did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's request for comment. It wasn't immediately known if the driver acted intentionally.

Chris Caputo, a city commissioner in Wilton Manors, said on Twitter it was "increasingly probable it was an accident." But Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis told WSVN-TV the driver accelerated into the crowd, describing the incident as a deliberate attack on the LGBTQ community.

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Joey Spears, 25, told USA TODAY he was walking up to the start of the parade when he saw the truck drive through the crowd.

"All of a sudden I see this truck peel out and just going through the people," Spears said.

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A driver in a pickup truck hit spectators at a Pride festival in Wilton Manors , Florida , killing at least one person and wounding two others Saturday, according to Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, per the SunSentinel. The big picture: The incident at the Wilton Manors Stonewall Parade and Festival was one of two involving a pickup truck hitting a crowd on Saturday, with several What's happening: In Wilton Manors , festival organizers canceled the LGBTQ event following a report about 7 p.m. local time that the truck had "crossed multiple lanes, striking multiple people ," according to the SunSentinel.

To recap: At least three people were hurt, one died. The parade and festival has been canceled. We are waiting on a briefing from police.pic.twitter.com/8XNz1IV3sL.

Spears captured video of the aftermath that showed a person on the ground. Spears said he and the people he was with were cornered off by police at a local high school parking lot for about an hour before they were allowed to leave the area. That's when they started marching.

"Unofficially, we still walked through the parade because we weren’t going to let anything stop our pride from being expressed," Spears said.

Photos and video from the scene showed Wasserman Schultz in tears while in a convertible at the parade. A spokesperson for Wasserman Schultz did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

Several local news outlets reported the victims were taken to Broward Health Medical Center. The center did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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Wilton manors , fla. (WSVN) - Two people were taken to the hospital after they were run over by a truck in Fort Lauderdale at the beginning of Stonewall Pride Parade , according to the city’s mayor. The mayor said the driver attempted to flee but police officers caught up with him and took him into custody. Trantalis described the crash as a deliberate attack on the LGBTQ community. In a tweet, Wilton Manors Police said the parade was cancelled but other Stonewall Pride Festival events will go on as scheduled.

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The Wilton Manors Police Department said in a tweet there was no danger to the public.

"A tragic incident occurred at today's Stonewall event," Wilton Manors Mayor Scott Newton said in a statement. "Out of respect for everyone involved, the parade has been cancelled and a thorough investigation is being conducted."

Deutch said on Twitter he was "devastated by the horror we saw at Wilton Manors Pride."

"I’m so sorry, Wilton Manors. I’m so sorry, my friends," he wrote.

Florida State Sen. Shevrin "Shev" Jones said on Twitter he was "heartbroken and in shock over what has happened at Wilton Manors Pride."

"Praying for and sending love to everyone there, including many friends," Jones wrote.

The Wilton Manors Pride event happens annually in June, according to the event’s website. About an hour after the incident, a Facebook page for the event posted a video of several participants marching down the street.

Wilton Manors is a city in Broward County. It has a population of about 13,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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Police also confirmed the incident at the Stonewall Pride Parade on Saturday was an accident.One person died and two others were injured when a vehicle plowed into a crowd of people at the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade on Saturday. Police have also confirmed the incident was an accident rather than a targeted attack on the LGBT community.

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