Officials say deadly Wilton Manors Pride parade incident was accidental
Police and firefighters respond after a truck drove into a crowd of people injuring them during The Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival in Wilton Manors. Image via AP.

Wilton Manors Pride Parade
One dead, two injured after truck crashed into Wilton Manors Pride Parade.

One person has died and two are injured after being run over by a truck in Wilton Manors at the start of the Stonewall Pride Parade.

Saturday’s crash at the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade initially drew speculation, including from Mayor Dean Trantalis of nearby Fort Lauderdale, that it was a hate crime directed at the gay community.

However, Wilton Manors Vice Mayor Paul Rolli said the early investigation shows it was an accident. The driver was taken into custody, but it was unclear whether he had been charged.

Trantalis, who was an eyewitness to “the horrifying events,” initially described it as a terrorist attack on the LGBTQ+ community, according to WSVN-TV. In a follow-up statement, Trantalis said the incident “terrorized” him and all around him.

“I feared it could be intentional based on what I saw from mere feet away,” he said.

The latest picture suggests it was an accident in which a truck careened out of control, he added.

The driver and the victims were a part of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus family, according to a statement from the group’s president, Justin Knight.

“To my knowledge it was an accident. This was not an attack on the LGBTQ community,” Knight said in the statement. “We anticipate more details to follow and ask for the community’s love and support.”

The crash took place on the southwest corner of NE 15th Street and NE 4th Avenue, according to WSVN-TV.

Some witnesses said the crash appeared to be an intentional act, but Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Ali Adamson told reporters that authorities were investigating all possibilities.

Trantalis said a driver of a pickup truck suddenly accelerated when he was told he was next in the parade, crashing into the victims, according to WSVN-TV. In the immediate aftermath of the crash, Trantalis said he believed the crash was “deliberate.”

Police said the driver was taken into custody, but it was unclear whether he had been charged.

Photos and video from the scene showed Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in tears while in a convertible at the parade.

In a statement Saturday night, Wasserman Schultz said she was safe but “deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost.”

“I am so heartbroken by what took place at this celebration,” she said. “May the memory of the life lost be for a blessing.”

Spectator Christina Currie told the South Florida SunSentinel that she was with her family at the start of the parade.

“All of a sudden there was a loud revving of a truck and a crash through a fence,” Currie said. “It was definitely an intentional act right across the lanes of traffic.”

Wilton Manors police tweeted Saturday night that the public is not in danger.

“Though authorities are still gathering information, we know two individuals marching to celebrate inclusion and equality were struck by a vehicle,” Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said in a statement. “This tragedy took place within feet of me and my (Broward Sheriff’s Office) team, and we are devastated having witnessed this horrific incident.”

June is Pride Month, commemorating the June 1969 police raid targeting gay patrons at the Stonewall Inn in New York that led to an uprising of LGBTQ Americans and served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. Republished with permission.

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8 comments

  • Isaac

    June 20, 2021 at 2:00 am

    Wow! What a Non-Story and piece of sh!t. This non-story was flashed on network news as part of the brainwashing…. Police are investigating but you choose to give one supposed witnesses objective opinion of what might or might not have happened? Journalism is dead. Didn’t you get the memo? Its no coincidence you studied both Journalism and Politics the study of double agents, sky’s and LIARS.

    • Nate

      June 20, 2021 at 6:44 am

      You ever notice that these “hate crines” are always occurring in LIBERAL cities?

  • Nate

    June 20, 2021 at 6:42 am

    Why do these types of “hate crimes” like Asian bashing, cops beating up and killing blacks and now a vehicle “purposely” running over someone near a Pride Day Parade, ALWAYS happens in LIBERAL or PROGRESSIVE cities?

  • Tom Palmer

    June 20, 2021 at 6:57 am

    The Governor and the Legislature said it was OK>

  • James R. Miles

    June 20, 2021 at 9:20 am

    The top three comments on this story are perfect examples of why they call this place Foriduh! This web-site seems to attract some of the dumbest people on Earth and @Nate and @isaac are perfect examples. Ever thought of the fact that liberal areas bring out the Nazi-fascists right-wing Trump lovers? That could be just one explanation. I am sure that we will get some brilliant explanation from the likes of Zombie and other members of his ilk. but I won’t race back to see what they have to say. There is already plenty of stupid to go around along with other thoughtless comments. Someone was murdered, does that mean anything to you right-wing idiots? Apparently not!

    • zhombre

      June 20, 2021 at 5:02 pm

      it was a traffic accident, apparently, so there is not much to explain but you can GFY, Miles. If Florida is such a dumb state, move to another state more suitable to your high-level intelligence and sensibilites.

    • Mark Dice

      June 21, 2021 at 11:07 am

      James R. Miles, right wing means capitalism and free markets. Fascism means socialism and government controlled economy. These two cannot possible describe the same people. Make up your mind, LOL!

  • Robert Vlay

    June 21, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    The idiot gay limp wristed mayor wanted so badly for it to be an attack on homos that he went into a tizzy. Total gay doorknob that needs to be removed for someone normal.

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