2 people hit by truck at Pride parade in Wilton Manors
Two people were run over by a white pickup truck as the Pride parade in Wilton Manors was just getting started around 7 p.m. Saturday night.
The white pickup truck was lined up with other floats when it hit the gas and ran over two people standing by to take part in the parade on Wilton Drive.
First responders rushed in to help the victims. According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, both victims are in critical condition and were taken to Broward Health Medical Center.
Police took the man who was driving the truck into custody. It is not yet clear whether it was intentional.
The truck narrowly missed hitting U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was in a convertible participating in the parade.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was participating in the Pride parade in Wilton Manors on Saturday night when a man in a white pickup truck drove into two people.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, who was at the parade, said the truck missed Wasserman Schultz’s car by inches before crashing through a gate and into a landscaping company. He believes it was a deliberate attempted attack of the congresswoman.
“This is a terrorist attack against the LGBT community,” Trantalis said. “This is exactly what it is. Hardly an accident. It was deliberate, it was premeditated, and it was targeted against a specific person. Luckily they missed that person, but unfortunately, they hit two other people. … We’re hoping that they will survive.”
— Ian Margol (@IanMargolWPLG) June 19, 2021
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