RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) – The girl killed in the Raleigh Christmas Parade accident involving a truck hauling a float has been confirmed dead by Raleigh police.
According to police, the truck’s driver claimed he lost control of the vehicle just before 10:14 a.m. near the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Boylan Avenue. According to the authorities, he struck the toddler at a slow speed.
The youngster passed away despite efforts to save him. There were no other parade participants hurt.
Charges against the driver, 20-year-old Landen Christopher Glass, included felony death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, using incorrect gear, moving dangerously, and carrying a firearm during a procession.
People claimed to have overheard the truck driver yelling out the window about how he had lost control and could not stop the vehicle.
“I just witnessed them speeding down the street, and you can tell they weren’t gassing because they were instead rolling, sort of, down the road. They were terrified because they were freaking out and screaming at people to move out of the way, “Melissa Stephens, a parade attendee, said.
Several individuals, including some emergency personnel, went up to the truck pulling the float to halt it.
“People approached and assisted in grabbing it and slightly slowing it down. When it reached this point, they were attempting to slow it down, “explained John Jones.
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Sat. night, Christy Curtis, the proprietor of CC & Company Dance Complex, issued the following statement:
“We are heartbroken. We are a close-knit bunch in our dance family, and our hearts are torn apart today. As authorities try to figure out what happened and why we are collaborating fully with them.”
Mary-Ann Baldwin, the mayor of Raleigh, expressed her sympathy for the young woman hurt during the procession. She wrote a post on Twitter to convey her grief.
“We are grieving the death of the young girl who passed away today during the Raleigh Christmas Parade, and our hearts are heavy. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and the CC & Co. dancers. The community is here for you as we attempt to comprehend and process this shared sorrow.”
Governor Roy Cooper sent his condolences to the family in a statement shared on Twitter.
“The incident at today’s Raleigh Christmas Parade has saddened Kristin and me. We keep this family and their friends in our prayers as we mourn for them during a joyful season on what ought to be a joyful day. – RC”
“Our thoughts and prayers are currently with the family and everyone else who has been a part of this incident. All we can do is ask that you pray for them right now and lift them, “Shop Local Raleigh’s Jennifer Martin stated.
According to a statement from Raleigh Police,
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and everyone who witnessed this terrible event. The victim’s family has requested privacy at this extremely trying time.”
Because of the incident, the Raleigh Christmas Parade has been formally cancelled.