One person has died and another has been hospitalized after a truck driver struck crowds during a pride parade in Wilton Manors, Fla. On Saturday, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. Local police said due to the “tragic event” the parade to commemorate the Stonewall riots had been canceled, but said “there was no danger to the public.”
The driver of the truck told police his foot got caught between the accelerator pedal and the brake, causing him to lose control of the vehicle, CBS Miami reported.
The driver is in custody, according to Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who said she was present at the parade. “Our hearts are breaking and we continue to pray that more innocent lives are not lost,” said Fried tweeted.
Florida Representative Ted Deutch said he was “devastated by the horror” seen during the parade. “I’m so sorry, Wilton Manors. I’m so sorry, my friends,” he said. wrote on Twitter.
MP Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was also present, said she was “deeply shaken and devastated”.
“We pray for the victims and their loved ones while the police investigate, and I give them all the help I can,” she said. wrote on Twitter. “I am so heartbroken by what happened at this celebration. May the memory of the lost life be a blessing.”
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.