News: Police release initial findings in Pride Parade crash that killed 1, injured 1

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Posted: June 21, 2021

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Police in Fort Lauderdale are continuing their investigation into this weekend's fatal crash at the Stonewall Pride Parade and Festival, and have released some of their preliminary findings.

NBC Miami reports the findings suggest that the incident Saturday night in Wilton Manors was accidental.  The driver of a Dodge Ram pickup truck hit two men on Wilton Drive near 16th Street at 7 p.m. shortly before the event began, leaving one of them dead and the other injured. 

Police say the driver was a 77-year-old man who unexpectedly accelerated while moving forward, drove all across traffic lanes and then hit a fence. A DUI test taken at the scene of the incident indicated he was not impaired at the time. Police said the man was not able to walk the parade route due to physical ailments and was chosen to be the event's lead vehicle.

The driver remained at the scene of the crash and cooperated with investigators.  So far there have been no arrests in the case.  In a statement, Wilton Manors Mayor Scott Newton called the incident "a tragic accident".

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