Driver who killed 1, injured another at Stonewall Pride Parade was in gay men’s chorus, president says


UPDATE 6/21/2021 10:19 AM:

The driver responsible for the fatal incident was a member of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, according to its president.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tragic accident that occurred when the Stonewall Pride Parade was just getting started,” President Justin Knight said.

Knight said this was an accident and, to his knowledge, not an attack on the LGBT community.

UPDATE 6/20/2021 8:21 p.m.:

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – One man has died and another man was injured after being hit by a truck shortly before the start of the Stonewall Pride Parade and Festival in Wilton Manors, Florida, police say.

According to Detective Ali Adamson with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, the two men were hit just before 7 p.m. Saturday.

Adamson told members of the media the men were taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where one later died from his injuries. The other adult male is expected to survive.

Police are currently speaking with the driver of the truck, according to Adamson.

The FBI is now helping with the investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY: At least two people are injured after being hit by a truck just as the Stonewall Pride Parade and Festival in Wilton Manors, Florida, was kicking off Saturday night, according to our NBC-affiliate NBC 6 South Florida.

Wilton Manors City Commissioner Chris Caputo initially tweeted about the incident, saying “two people were run over by a man in a truck at the start of the parade. He had pride flags on his truck and so it’s unclear if it was intentional. Our hearts are breaking. It is too soon to know the condition of the two individuals who were hit.”

Caputo has since deleted the tweet and responded by stating the incident seems to be an accident.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is reportedly at the parade, confirmed the incident via Twitter.

Fried asked the community to pray for the victims as “at least two people were hit and are in critical condition.”

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for the latest updates.

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