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Florida: Truck rams into pedestrians attending Pride parade, 1 dead

Two pedestrians at a Pride parade near Miami were hit by a truck, leaving one dead and the other injured, police said.

“Both males were taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where one was pronounced deceased,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Department detective Ali Adamson at a press conference.

The second victim is expected to survive.




Adamson said the FBI is assisting with the investigation but declined to say whether investigators believed the incident was intentional.

“We are evaluating all possibilities,” said Adamson. “Nothing is out of the question.”

Footage showed a man being taken into police custody shortly after the incident, but Adamson would not say whether he was suspected of the crime.



Chris Caputo, city commissioner for Wilton Manors, the location of the parade, tweeted, “It seems increasingly probable it was an accident.”

The Stonewall Pride Parade had just begun when the incident happened. The remainder of the parade was cancelled.

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

“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.

“Our fellow Chorus members were those injured and the driver was also a part of the Chorus family. To my knowledge, this was not an attack on the LGBTQ community. We anticipate more details to follow and ask for the community’s love and support.”