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Sun Jun 20, 2021, 03:24 PM

Officials say deadly Pride parade crash was not intentional

Source: Associated Press

By KELLI KENNEDY
4 minutes ago

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) ó A member of a menís chorus group unintentionally slammed into fellow chorists at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida, killing one member of the group and seriously injuring another, the groupís director said Sunday, clarifying initial speculation that it was a hate crime directed at the gay community.

Wilton Manors Vice Mayor Paul Rolli and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said the early investigation shows it was an accident. The 77-year-old driver was taken into custody, but police said no charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.

The elderly driver had ailments that prevented him from walking, according to a statement Sunday from Fort Lauderdale Police, who said he was cooperating with the investigation and there was no evidence drugs or alcohol was involved.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/fl-state-wire-florida-8ba2e46151a5592ed0e54c004cbedf85

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Reply Officials say deadly Pride parade crash was not intentional (Original post)
turbinetree Jun 2021 OP
CurtEastPoint Jun 2021 #1
Warpy Jun 2021 #5
barbtries Jun 2021 #2
Behind the Aegis Jun 2021 #3
JI7 Jun 2021 #7
femmedem Jun 2021 #4
ShazzieB Jun 2021 #6
riversedge Jun 2021 #11
marble falls Jun 2021 #8
IronLionZion Jun 2021 #9
OneCrazyDiamond Jun 2021 #10
ForgoTheConsequence Jun 2021 #12

Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Sun Jun 20, 2021, 03:34 PM

1. I saw the clip of them taking him into custody and he had pride tshirt on and ...

I figured something was up. How awful.

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 20, 2021, 07:00 PM

5. I didn't see the photo, but I raised the possibility

of mechanical problems or catastrophic health issue because the FL "run over anybody you don't like" law wouldn't cover a parade for which a permit had been issued.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Sun Jun 20, 2021, 04:09 PM

2. appears he should not have been driving either.

tragic.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Sun Jun 20, 2021, 04:11 PM

3. A total tragedy.

I am relieved it wasn't deliberate, though it still is a profound tragedy. Though not nearly as sad, but still disappointing, are the the people doing the "I told you so dance".

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 20, 2021, 08:09 PM

7. Especially since it was close to 5 years after the Pulse nightclub attack

People had just been memorializing that attack.

Reminds me of someone calling NYers Cowards when some planes started flying low at some place and people stayed running scared . Like you would think after 9/11 people can understand why planes flying like that in NY would scare people.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Sun Jun 20, 2021, 05:29 PM

4. I can't imagine his horror and grief.

A tragedy for everyone involved.

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Response to femmedem (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 20, 2021, 07:57 PM

6. I know, right?

He must be both devastated and mortified.

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Response to femmedem (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 21, 2021, 06:52 PM

11. Agree. Horrible all around.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Sun Jun 20, 2021, 10:17 PM

8. That is a tragedy.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon Jun 21, 2021, 04:38 PM

9. There was wild speculation on DU when it was first reported

I'm relieved it wasn't intentional but sad that the tragic accident happened.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #9)

Mon Jun 21, 2021, 06:07 PM

10. Too many similar issues that turned out to be Hate.

People need to realise, the orange boy is gone, and won't be back.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 08:35 AM

12. Tragic all around.

He has to live with this and being called a religious bigot and skinhead because heís a bald 77 year old man. RIP to the victim and I hope this man gets through this, I canít imagine carrying that weight around.

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