The hit-and-run of a pickup truck on participants of a gay pride parade in the suburbs of Miami (Florida), as a result of which one person was killed, was not committed on purpose, local authorities and police said.
The day before, local television, citing the authorities, reported that the incident occurred in the American city of Wilton Manors. Then the pickup truck ran over two people who were going to join the gay pride parade: one of them was killed, the second was hospitalized. The mayor of the nearby city of Fort Lauderdale, Dean Trantalis, who attended the parade, said it was a “terrorist attack.”
Later, the mayor issued a new statement, where he stressed that the police had conducted an investigation, and everything points to the random nature of the incident.
“As all the facts continue to come together, this picture emerges: this is an accident during which (the driver) lost control of the truck,” Trantalis wrote in social networks.
Fort Lauderdale police noted that the 77-year-old driver was a participant in the event, but could not “walk during the parade due to an illness.” The driver, as well as the deceased man, and the victim were members of the same choir.
“When the car started to move forward before the start of the parade, it suddenly accelerated, hitting two pedestrians. After the hit-and-run, the driver continued driving, crossed all traffic lanes, and eventually crashed into the fence of the enterprise … The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. An alcohol test was carried out, no signs of deterioration were found,” the police said in a statement.
The second victim is in hospital, he was seriously injured, and “is expected to survive.” Law enforcement officers did not charge the driver and did not arrest him. The investigation of the incident continues.