A van driver slammed into the crowd at a Florida Pride parade on Saturday night – narrowly missing U.S. Representative Deborah Wasserman Schultz and leaving at least one person dead, according to reports.
At least one other person was seriously injured, according to reports.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis quickly denounced the accident at Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade as a “terrorist” attack on the LGBTQ community, but police said they had not determined whether the accident was intentional.
The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus later issued a statement: “Our other Chorus members were the ones who were injured and the conductor was also part of the Chorus family. To my knowledge, this was not an attack on the LGBTQ community. ”
The driver reportedly waited to join the parade as a representative of the choir when he sped past the other members waiting to walk.
Trantalis said the truck missed the MP “a few inches” before crashing into a nursery, WPLG-TV in Fort Lauderdale reported. Wasserman Schultz rode in a convertible during the parade.
Investigators were speaking with the driver, who was in custody but authorities would not say if he had been arrested, the Fort Lauderdale Police Detective. Ali Adamson told reporters.
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Witnesses said the driver told police the crash was an accident, according to WPLG-TV in Fort Lauderdale. He said he lost control of the truck after his foot got caught between the accelerator and the brake, according to WFOR-TV in Miami.
He was reportedly wearing a gay men’s choir t-shirt and a Pride flag fluttered in the back of his truck.
Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from Florida who has served in Congress since 2005, then posted a series of statements on Twitter.
“I am deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost and others seriously injured during tonight’s @WiltonManorsCty Stonewall #Pride Parade,” the MP wrote in a message. “Fortunately, my staff, volunteers and I are safe. “
She was seen by witnesses in tears after the crash, according to WPLG.
Nikki Fried, Florida’s agriculture commissioner and gubernatorial candidate, was also present at the parade. “Our hearts are breaking and we continue to pray that more innocent lives are not lost,” she tweeted.
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Wilton Manors Mayor Scott Newton said in a statement on Twitter: “A tragic incident occurred at the Stonewall event today. Out of respect for everyone involved, the parade has been called off and a full investigation is underway. ”
The FBI is participating in the investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.