FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WFLA/AP) — A member of a males’s refrain group unintentionally slammed into fellow chorists at the beginning of a Delight parade in South Florida Saturday night, killing one member of the group and critically injuring one other, in accordance with police.

A launch from the Fort Lauderdale Police Division mentioned the driving force of the automobile, a 77-year-old male, “was a participant who had illnesses stopping him from strolling the length of the parade and was chosen to drive because the lead automobile.”

Because the 2011 white Dodge Ram started to maneuver ahead from the staging space in anticipation of the beginning of the parade, police say the truck accelerated unexpectedly, hitting the 2 pedestrians.

After hitting the pedestrians, the police division mentioned the driving force continued throughout all lanes of visitors and ending up crashing into the fence of a enterprise on the west facet of NE 4th Avenue.

Police say the 77-year-old man remained on the scene and has been cooperative with investigators throughout the complete investigation. The motive force confirmed no indicators of impairment.

The motive force and the victims had been part of the Fort Lauderdale Homosexual Males’s Refrain household, a small 25-member group of principally older males.

Police say the pedestrians, two grownup males, had been taken to Broward Well being Medical Heart with severe accidents. One later died from his accidents and the second stays within the hospital however is anticipated to outlive.

“This was not an assault on the LGBTQ group,” Refrain President Justin Knight mentioned in an announcement Sunday, calling it “an unlucky accident.”

Dean Trantalis, who’s Fort Lauderdale’s first overtly homosexual mayor, initially advised reporters the act was deliberate, including to the confusion Saturday night time.

“It terrorized me and throughout me… I feared it might be intentional primarily based on what I noticed from mere toes away,” he mentioned in a Twitter assertion Sunday. “Because the info proceed to be pieced collectively, an image is rising of an accident during which a truck careened uncontrolled.”

Photographs and video from the scene confirmed Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in tears whereas in a convertible on the parade.

In an announcement Saturday night time, Wasserman Schultz mentioned she was secure however “deeply shaken and devastated {that a} life was misplaced.”

“I’m so heartbroken by what happened at this celebration,” she mentioned. “Could the reminiscence of the life misplaced be for a blessing.”

Whereas no arrests have been made the FLPD will proceed to research this incident. The names of the concerned events is not going to be launched presently.

June is Delight Month, commemorating the June 1969 police raid focusing on homosexual patrons on the Stonewall Inn in New York that led to an rebellion of LGBTQ Individuals and served as a catalyst for the homosexual rights motion.

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