RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Raleigh police have confirmed that the girl who was accidentally hit by a float truck during the Raleigh Christmas Parade has died.
Police said the accident happened around 10:14 a.m. near the intersection of Hillsborough Road and Boylan Avenue when the driver reported losing control of the vehicle. He hit the child at a low speed, police said.
Despite efforts to save the child’s life, the child died. No other parade participants were injured.
The driver, Landen Christopher Glass, 20, faces charges of wrongful death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, improper equipment, unsafe movement and carrying a firearm in a parade.
People said they heard the driver shouting through the car window that he failed to stop the car.
“I just saw them coming down the street really fast and you could tell it wasn’t like gas, like they weren’t gassing, they were rolling, like they were rolling down the street. That’s how you could tell they were scared,” Melissa Stephens said.
A group of people, including some first responders, rushed to the truck towing the float to try to stop it.
“People came and they were helping to hold it, to slow it down a little bit. They were trying to slow it down when it got 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 today our hearts are broken. We are working with the authorities to find out what happened and why.”
Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said her heart ached for the girl who was injured during the parade. He explained to her sad in a post on Twitter.
“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of a young woman who lost her life today at 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 fix the issues we’ve encountered.”
Governor Roy Cooper released a statement on twitter to share his condolences with the family.
“Kristin and I are deeply saddened by today’s tragedy at the Raleigh Christmas Parade. In what should be a joyous day, we mourn the loss of this family and friends as we keep them in our prayers. – RC”
“Our hearts and prayers are truly with the family right now and with everyone who has been through this event. That’s all we can do is ask people to pray right now and lift them up,” Jennifer Martin and Shop Local. Raleigh said.
Raleigh Police’s 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 asked for privacy at this very difficult time.”
The Raleigh Christmas Parade was officially canceled due to the incident.
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