A child was killed Saturday morning after the driver of a truck pulling a float in a Christmas parade in Raleigh, North Carolina, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a dance troupe, police said.
The 20-year-old driver lost control and struck the child “at a low rate of speed,” Raleigh Police Lt. Jason Borneo said in a statement Saturday afternoon. Two other people were in the truck at the time, he said.
“Despite life-saving efforts by medical personnel, the child died as a result of her injuries,” Borneo said.
Witnesses told WTVD-TV that people attending the Raleigh Christmas Parade heard the truck’s driver screaming that he had lost control of the vehicle and couldn’t stop it before the crash.
Raleigh Police said they’ve charged the driver, 20-year-old Landen Christopher Glass, with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, improper equipment, unsafe movement, and carrying a firearm in a parade.
In various social media comments, people pointed out that the truck appears to have had modifications to the braking and suspension systems that may have caused the incident.
Just after 10 a.m. Saturday, shortly after the start of the Raleigh Christmas Parade, the driver of one of two pick-up trucks towing floats from the CC & Company Dance Complex apparently lost control of the vehicle.
Aerial video captured by ABC11, The News & Observer’s newsgathering partner, showed the crowd of dancers parting as the truck rode through, pulling a float carrying younger members of the troupe. That section of the parade route, near the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Boylan Avenue, is at a slight downhill decline.
ABC11, which was broadcasting the parade live, reported the driver was honking his horn and yelling for people to get out of the way.
One thing is for certain: It could’ve been much, much worse.
The reason it wasn’t was because of the group of heroes that jumped in front of the truck to literally bring it to a stop!
This heroic act was not reported by the mainstream media.
The truck could have easily kept on going. It would take a few hundred men to stop a V8 towing beast like that.
The driver, who was screaming and panicking, easily might have hit more people in the crowd.
Despite the fact that these guys could have been flattened by the truck themselves, they got in there and got to work. Some tried to brace themselves against the truck while others got close to the driver to get the emergency brake pulled or the engine turned off.
In the face of tragedy, be like them.
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