Florida officials: Deadly Pride parade crash appears unintentional

The driver of a pickup truck slammed into a crowd gathering for a Pride parade Saturday in South Florida, killing at least one man, US media reports said. It was not immediately clear if this was a deliberate assault. The incident happened at the start of the LGBTQ parade in the town of Wilton Manors near Ft. Lauderdale.

“After striking the pedestrians, the driver continued across all lanes of traffic, ultimately crashing into the fence of a business on the west side of the street,” the police said. 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 police, who conducted an investigation for drunken driving at the scene, said the driver showed “no signs of impairment.” 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. Fort Lauderdale Police said no arrests have been made saying they are conducting a thorough investigation with the FBI, noting in a statement they are “considering and evaluating all possibilities.”