Girl killed in North Carolina holiday parade float crash


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dated: 2022-11-19 22:45:52 .

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A girl died Saturday after she was struck by a vehicle pulling a float for a North Carolina holiday parade, police said.

The driver who lost control of the vehicle and struck the child has been charged with careless driving and other violations, the Raleigh Police Department said in a news release.

Witnesses told WTVD-TV that people attending the Christmas parade in Raleigh heard the driver of the pickup truck screaming that he had lost control of the vehicle and was unable to stop it before the crash.

The girl who was hit by the truck was participating in the parade, police said. The News & Observer reported that the girl was part of a dance group.

Olivia Bruce, a 14-year-old member of the dance group, told the newspaper that the truck almost hit her too.

“We started dancing in the parade, and then all of a sudden we just heard a lot of honking. And when we turned around, we saw the truck almost on its back, so we turned,” said Bruce.

No one else in the parade was injured in the crash.

The parade was canceled after the accident. Police advised drivers and pedestrians to avoid the area.

The driver was one of three people in the vehicle who were dragging the swimmer at low speed, police said.

Investigators questioned the driver, who was charged with misdemeanors, death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, use of improper equipment, unsafe movement and carrying a firearm while in transit.

The names and ages of the girl and the truck driver were not immediately released.

“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family and those who witnessed this tragic incident,” police said.

Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin sends her condolences to the girl’s family and friends.

“Today started with so much joy,” the mayor tweeted. “My heart was so full. And now the young girl who died in a tragic accident on the parade route is hurting.”

The Associated Press


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