One dead after driver crashes into Florida Pride parade

Lula Sharp
June 20, 2021

One person is dead and two others are injured after a truck ran into the Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors, Fla.

Police and firefighters respond after a truck drove into a crowd of people injuring them during The Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival in Wilton Manors, Florida. "To my knowledge, this was not an attack on the LGBTQ community", Justin Knight, president of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus, told The Daily Beast in a statement.

"This is a terrorist attack against the LGBT community", Trantalis said.

Local broadcaster WSVN quoted Fort Lauderdale's Mayor Dean Trantalis as saying the driver acted as if they were part of the parade before accelerating. "As the Chorus family mourns together, we thank the community for their love and understanding".

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tragic accident that occurred when the Stonewall Pride Parade was just getting started", Knight said in a statement to WPLG.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) was shown in footage from the scene crying as she sat in a convertible that was taking part in the parade. Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Ali Adamson told reporters that authorities are investigating "all possibilities", with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"It was deliberate, it was premeditated, and it was targeted against a specific person". Wilton Manors Mayor Scott Newton said in a statement that the investigation is ongoing. The other remains hospitalised but is expected to survive, she added.

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"I am deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost", she said.

He said the truck had actually targeted the auto of a Democratic congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was in a convertible waiting to take part in the procession, but narrowly missed her.

Spectator Christina Currie told the South Florida SunSentinel: "We were at the start of the parade, right in front of Fort Lauderdale High School".

'All of a sudden there was a loud revving of a truck and a crash through a fence, ' the spectator told the paper.

"I am so heartbroken by what took place at this celebration", the congresswoman wrote on Twitter. May the memory of the life lost be for a blessing'.

The Wilton Manors Police Department tweeted that the Pride parade was canceled due to the "tragic event", although it reiterated that there was no danger to the public at this time.

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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