A runaway truck struck and killed an 11-year-old girl at a Raleigh Christmas parade

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An 11-year-old girl who was hit by a truck during a Christmas parade in Raleigh, North Carolina, has died, police have confirmed.

The tragic accident happened around 10:14 a.m. near the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Boylan Avenue when a truck lost control and crashed into her on Saturday.

The driver, Landen Christopher Glass, 20, has now been charged with misdemeanor reckless driving, reports said.

Witnesses said the driver shouted through the window that he had lost control of the vehicle before hitting the seven-year-old.

“I just saw them coming down the street really fast and you can tell it wasn’t gas like they don’t put out, it was rolling, kind of rolling down the street. They were freaking out, they were yelling at people — get out of the way because you can tell they were panicking,” Melissa Stephens, who was present at the Christmas parade, told ABC11 News.

Meanwhile, Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin tweeted: “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of a young girl who lost her life today in the Raleigh Christmas parade. Our prayers are with her family, friends and the dancers at CC & Co. The community is here for you as we try to understand and process this shared tragedy.”

The founder of CC & Company Dance Complex, which organized performances during the parade, said: “We are devastated. Our dance family is a close knit group and our hearts are broken today. We are working closely with the authorities to find out what happened and why.”

The Raleigh Christmas Parade is now officially canceled due to the tragic incident.

Govt. Roy Cooper said he was “devastated” by the tragedy at today’s Christmas parade in Raleigh.

He added: “At a joyous time of year on a day that should be happy, we instead mourn the loss of this family and their friends while keeping them in our prayers.”

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