Police said Sunday they believe a driver unintentionally hit spectators at a weekend Pride parade in Wilton Manors, Florida, resulting in the death of one man and leaving another person hospitalized.
The latest: Addressing speculation that the crash may have been a hate crime against the LGBTQ community, Wilton Manors police chief Gary Blocker said in a statement: "Today we know yesterday's incident was a tragic accident, and not a criminal act directed at anyone, or any group of individuals."
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Blocker did not comment on what led to the crash, nor did he identify the driver or those injured by the pickup truck.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, who is gay and told reporters Saturday that he believed the incident to be a "terrorist attack" on the LGBTQ community, said in a statement Sunday that he feared it "could be intentional based on what I saw from mere feet away."
"As the facts continue to be pieced together, a picture is emerging of an accident in which a truck careened out of control," he added.
The big picture:Reports emerged about 7 p.m. local time Saturday that a vehicle had "crossed multiple lanes, striking multiple people" at the Wilton Manors Stonewall Parade and Festival, according to the SunSentinel.
Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus president Justin Knight told news outlets that the driver and victims were a part of his group and that he understood it to be an accident, rather than a deliberate action.
Trantalis told reporters Saturday that police had "apprehended the driver" and that the vehicle missed a parade car carrying Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) "by inches."
What they're saying: Wasserman Schultz tweeted Saturday night that she's "deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost and others seriously injured."
We’re praying for the victims and their loved ones as law enforcement investigates, and I am providing them with whatever assistance I can. I am so heartbroken by what took place at this celebration. May the memory of the life lost be for a blessing.
— Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@RepDWStweets) June 20, 2021
Of note: The incident was one of two involving a pickup truck hitting a crowd on Saturday, with several cyclists left critically wounded in Show Low, Arizona.
The driver in the mountain town "plowed into bicyclists during a community road race," AP reports. Six people were taken to a local hospital in a critical condition.
The 35-year-old suspect was shot by police at a nearby hardware store and was in a "stable but critical condition," per AP.
Police told AP the motive for the incident was not immediately known.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.
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