Little girl dies after being hit by a truck at a Christmas parade in North Carolina


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dated: 2022-11-20 13:38:42 .

The Associated Press

Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 5:36 PM EST

Last updated Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 6:48 PM EST

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – A truck pulling a bicycle for a North Carolina holiday parade crashed Saturday, striking and killing a girl attending the event, news outlets reported.

The driver who lost control of the vehicle and struck the child was arrested and charged with reckless driving and other offenses, the Raleigh Police Department said in a news release. Police identified the driver as Landen Christopher Glass, 20.

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 part of a dance group participating in the holiday parade, The News & Observer reported.

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.

An eyewitness, Christine Barnes, told WRAL-TV that the girls in the dance group couldn’t hear the driver honking at the truck because of the music playing. The adults tried to move the children out of the way of the truck, she added.

“The girls were just hysterical,” Barnes said. “It was really traumatizing.”

Barnes said the truck hit several other girls within inches.

“The truck wasn’t going that fast, but because the girls didn’t know it was coming, they just couldn’t avoid it,” she said.

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.

Glass was one of three people in a vehicle that dragged the swimmer at a low rate of speed, police said.

Investigators questioned Glass, who was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, use of improper equipment, unsafe movement and carrying a firearm in a parade.

The girl’s name and age 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.”


Little girl dies after being hit by a truck at a Christmas parade in North Carolina

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