Fort Lauderdale police name victims of Pride parade crash

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The Fort Lauderdale Police Department released the names of the victims of a fatal pickup truck crash during a Pride parade Saturday evening in Wilton Manors in Broward County, Florida.

Officials identified James Fahy, 75, as the person killed after being struck by a 2011 white Dodge Ram, and Jerry Vroegh, 67, was injured but later released from a hospital, the police said in a press release on Monday. A third injured pedestrian has been identified as Gary Keating, 69, who was treated for minor injuries, the readout added.

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The vehicle driver was identified as Fred Johnson Jr., a 77-year-old resident of Fort Lauderdale, a parade participant "who had ailments preventing him from walking the duration of the parade and was selected to drive as the lead vehicle," according to police.

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The investigation into the fatal crash remains active as of Monday evening, but police said, "All available information and evidence indicates this was a terrible accident." Police said the driver was cooperative and a DUI investigation on the scene found no signs of impairment. No arrests were announced as of Sunday.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis initially referred to the incident as a "terrorist attack" against the LGBT community. The mayor later clarified his statement, saying he "feared it could be intentional based on what [he] saw from mere feet away."

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