RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — A girl pulling a float that was accidentally hit by a truck during the Raleigh Christmas Parade has died, Raleigh police officials confirm.
The crash happened around 10:15 a.m. near the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Boylan Avenue when the driver said he lost control of the truck, police said. Police said he hit the child at low speed.
The first rescuers took the child to the hospital, but the doctors did not manage to save his life. No other participants of the parade were injured.
The driver, 20-year-old Landen Christopher Glass, was charged with wrongful death by vehicle, careless and reckless driving, improper equipment, unsafe movement and carrying a firearm during a parade.
People said they heard the driver screaming out the window of the truck that he had lost control and could not stop the vehicle.
“I just saw them go down the street really fast and you could tell it wasn’t like gas, like they weren’t hitting gas, it was rolling, kind of rolling down the street. They were furious, screaming for people to get out. like you could tell they were panicking,” said parade participant Melissa Stephens.
A group of people, including first responders, ran to the truck towing the blaze to try to stop it.
“People came and helped to catch it, slow it down a little bit. They were trying to slow it down when it got to this point,” John Jones said.
Christy Curtis, Owner, CC & Company Dance Complex released a statement Saturday night.
“We are devastated. Our dance family is a close knit group and our hearts are broken today. We are working closely with the authorities as they determine what happened and why.”
Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said her heart goes out to the girl who was injured during the parade. He expressed to her grief in a post on Twitter.
“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of a young woman who lost her life today in the Raleigh Christmas Parade. Our prayers are with his family, friends and CC dancers. & Co. The community is here for you as we try to understand and process this shared tragedy.”
Governor Roy Cooper issued a statement twitter: expressing his condolences to the family.
“Christine and I are devastated by today’s tragedy at the Raleigh Christmas Parade. In a joyous season that should be a happy day, we instead mourn for this family and their friends as we keep them in our prayers. – RC”.
“Our hearts and prayers are truly with the family right now and with everyone involved with this event. That’s all we can do is ask people to pray right now and lift them up,” Jennifer Martin with Shop Local. Ralli said:
Raleigh police statement on the incident.
“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family and to those who witnessed this tragic incident. The victim’s family has asked for privacy at this very difficult time.”
Raleigh’s Christmas parade has officially been canceled due to the incident.
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