Driver crashes into crowd at Pride parade in Florida; 1 dead

Police investigate the scene where a pickup truck drove into a crowd of people at a Pride parade

Police investigate the scene where a pickup truck drove into a crowd of people at a Pride parade

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

Police investigate the scene where a pickup truck drove into a crowd of people at a Pride parade on June 19, 2021 in Wilton Manors, Florida.

"This is a terrorist attack against the LGBT community", Trantalis told Local 10 News.

The crash took place on the southwest corner of NE 15th Street and NE 4th Avenue, according to WSVN-TV.

Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Ali Adamson told reporters that authorities are investigating "all possibilities", with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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The driver and the victims were a part of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus family, according to a statement reported by news outlets from the group's president, Justin Knight. She said the other man was expected to survive.

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The incident happened at the start of the LGBTQ parade in the town of Wilton Manors near Ft.

However, later in the evening reports began to surface that the incident may have been a tragic accident.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried also tweeted about the incident saying at least two people were hit and in critical condition.

"We saw people lining up ready to move and all of a sudden this white pickup truck dashed right through the crowd barely missing Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's vehicle by inches", the mayor said, cited by the media outlet. She was seen by witnesses in tears after the crash. 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'.

"All of a sudden there was a loud revving of a truck and a crash through a fence", Currie said. There is no word Saturday night if the driver will face charges. "My staff, volunteers and I are thankfully safe". "Out of respect for everyone involved, the parade has been canceled and a thorough investigation is being conducted".

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.

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