RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Raleigh Police have confirmed that the girl who was accidentally hit by a float tow truck during the Raleigh Christmas Parade has died.
Police say the crash happened around 10:14 a.m. near the intersection of Hillsborough Road and Boylan Avenue when the driver said he lost control of the truck. He hit the child at a low rate of speed, said the police.
Despite efforts to save life, the child died. No other parade participants were injured.
The driver, 20-year-old Landen Christopher Glass, faces charges of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, slow and reckless driving, improper equipment, unsafe movement and carrying a firearm in a parade.
People said they heard the driver yelling from the truck’s window that he had lost control and was unable to stop the vehicle.
“I just saw them go down the road really fast and you could tell it wasn’t like gas, like they didn’t gas up, it was rolling, kind of rolling down the road. the way you could tell they were panicking,” said parade marcher Melissa Stephens.
A group of people including some first responders ran to the floating tow truck to try to stop it.
“People come and help take it down, slow it down a little bit. they try to slow it down when it gets to this point,” said John Jones.
Christy Curtis, Owner, CC & Company Dance Complex released a statement Saturday evening:
“We are devastated. Our dance family is a close knit group and now our hearts are broken. We are working closely with the authorities as they determine what happened and why.
Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said her heart ached for the woman who was injured in the parade. She expressed herself mourned in a post on Twitter.
“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of a young girl who lost her life today in the Raleigh Christmas Parade. Our prayers are with her family, friends and dancers from CC. & Co. The community is here for you as we try to understand and process this shared tragedy.”
Govenor Roy Cooper released a statement on twitter share his condolences to the family.
“Kristin and I are devastated about the tragedy in the Raleigh Christmas Parade today. In the joyous season on what should be a happy day, we instead mourn for this family and friends as we continue in our prayers. – RC “
“Our hearts and prayers are truly with the family today and with all the people who have been through this event,” Raleigh said.
Raleigh Police statement on the incident:
“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family and those who witnessed this tragic event. The victim’s family has requested privacy during this very difficult time.”
The Raleigh Christmas Parade has officially been canceled due to the incident.
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