One man was killed and two were injured in what is believed to be a motor accident at the Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors, Florida.
The driver was taken into custody on Saturday night after accelerating his truck and running over two individuals. After an investigation, police reports concluded that the driver, an unnamed 77-year-old man, was innocent. “[Saturday’s] incident was a tragic accident, and not a criminal act directed at anyone, or any group of individuals,” said Police Chief Gary Blocker.
Both men and the driver are believed to be members of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus as per the t-shirts they wore. The truck driver also had a large pride flag on his truck. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis wrongly accused the driver of intentionally causing the accident.
“This is a terrorist attack against the LGBT community,” Trantalis told Local 10 News. “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.” Trantalis believed the driver intended to hit Democratic congresswoman Wasserman Schultz’s car. The police investigation has maintained the innocence of the driver.
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