One man has died and another has been seriously injured after a pickup truck collided with spectators at Florida’s pride parade.
It is understood that the pickup driver was part of the pride parade but had suddenly accelerated after being told that he was next and subsequently crashed into the spectators, according to WSVN-TV.
Witnesses stated that they heard loud revving before seeing the truck crash through the fence.
Among the spectators was Democratic US representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was in a convertible at the time of the incident, and nearly came close to a collision with the pickup truck.
Although uninjured, Schultz stated that she was deeply shaken and devasted that a life was lost.
Fort Lauderdale mayor Dean Trantalis stated that he believes the attack was intentional but the president of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus Justin knight stated that to his knowledge, the incident is a tragic accident.
The suspect was wearing the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus logo on his t-shirt and was also a member of the Chorus family according to Knight, so it’s uncertain as to whether the attack was deliberate.
According to Fort Lauderdale police detective Ali Adamson, authorities with the assistance of the FBI are currently investigating all circumstances.
The driver of the pickup truck was taken into custody but it’s unclear whether he has been charged or not. Mayor of Wilton Manors Scott Newton stated that a thorough investigation is being conducted.
Broward County sheriff Gregory Tony stated, “Though authorities are still gathering information, we know two individuals marching to celebrate inclusion and equality were struck by a vehicle.”