1 person is dead and 1 person has been seriously injured after a driver slammed into spectators Saturday evening at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida, killing one man and seriously injuring another during the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade Saturday night.
Via AP News:
To my knowledge it was an accident. This was not an attack on the LGBTQ community,” Knight said in the statement. “We anticipate more details to follow and ask for the community’s love and support.”
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said a driver of a pickup truck suddenly accelerated when he was told he was next in the parade, crashing into the victims, according to WSVN-TV. \
In the immediate aftermath of the crash, Trantalis said he believed the crash was “deliberate.” and spectator Christina Currie told the South Florida SunSentinel that she was with her family at the start of the parade.
“All of a sudden there was a loud revving of a truck and a crash through a fence,” Currie said. “It was definitely an intentional act right across the lanes of traffic.”
It is unclear at this time what exactly did happen and why.
Police said the driver was taken into custody, Both the driver and the victims were a part of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus family, according to a statement reported by news outlets from the group’s president, Justin Knight.
Paul Walker, the handsome actor best known for his role as Detective Brian O’Connor in the The Fast and the Furious movie franchise has died in a car accident,
Paul Walker, the star of Universal Pictures’ “Fast and the Furious” movie franchise, died Saturday after the Porsche he was riding in struck a light pole in Valencia, Calif., Variety has confirmed. He was 40.
“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” the studio said in a statement issued Saturday night. “Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the ‘Fast and Furious’ films, and to countless fans.”
According to Walker’s Facebook page, he was the passenger in a car driven by a friend following an event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide. Walker has business connections to Always Evolving Performance Motors, which is located near the crash site.
Authorities said they responded to the crash at about 3:30 p.m. PT in the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop and found the car engulfed in flames. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said that speed was a factor in the crash.
The driver of the car Roger Rodas, was a professional driver who’s raced in the Pirelli World Challenge. Rodas and Walker were Porsche enthusiasts and owned a race team together
Paul Walker is survived by a teenage daughter, Meadow.
Brendan Burke, the youngest son of Toronto Maple Leafs president Brian Burke, and who’s coming out story received international attention, died today from injuries suffered in a car accident. He was only 21 years old.
Brendan and friend Mark A. Reedy, 18, were driving on a snow-covered highway in Indiana when, witnesses say, Brendan’s car slid into the path of a truck.
The Maple Leafs released the following statement: “On behalf of the entire Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment family, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Brian Burke. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burke family during this extremely difficult time.”
A tragic accident and a life taken too soon.