FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WFLA/AP) — A member of a males’s refrain group unintentionally slammed into fellow chorists in the beginning of a Satisfaction parade in South Florida Saturday night, killing one member of the group and critically injuring one other, in response to police.

A launch from the Fort Lauderdale Police Division stated the motive force of the automobile, a 77-year-old male, “was a participant who had illnesses stopping him from strolling the length of the parade and was chosen to drive because the lead automobile.”

Because the 2011 white Dodge Ram started to maneuver ahead from the staging space in anticipation of the beginning of the parade, police say the truck accelerated unexpectedly, hitting the 2 pedestrians.

After hitting the pedestrians, the police division stated the motive force continued throughout all lanes of site visitors and ending up crashing into the fence of a enterprise on the west aspect of NE 4th Avenue.

Police say the 77-year-old man remained on the scene and has been cooperative with investigators throughout the complete investigation. The driving force confirmed no indicators of impairment.

The driving force and the victims have been part of the Fort Lauderdale Homosexual Males’s Refrain household, a small 25-member group of principally older males.

Police say the pedestrians, two grownup males, have been taken to Broward Well being Medical Heart with severe accidents. One later died from his accidents and the second stays within the hospital however is anticipated to outlive.

“This was not an assault on the LGBTQ group,” Refrain President Justin Knight stated in a press release Sunday, calling it “an unlucky accident.”

Dean Trantalis, who’s Fort Lauderdale’s first overtly homosexual mayor, initially informed reporters the act was deliberate, including to the confusion Saturday night time.

“It terrorized me and throughout me… I feared it may very well be intentional based mostly on what I noticed from mere ft away,” he stated in a Twitter assertion Sunday. “Because the details proceed to be pieced collectively, an image is rising of an accident during which a truck careened uncontrolled.”

Pictures and video from the scene confirmed Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in tears whereas in a convertible on the parade.

In a press release Saturday night time, Wasserman Schultz stated she was secure however “deeply shaken and devastated {that a} life was misplaced.”

“I’m so heartbroken by what befell at this celebration,” she stated. “Could the reminiscence of the life misplaced be for a blessing.”

Whereas no arrests have been made the FLPD will proceed to research this incident. The names of the concerned events is not going to be launched at the moment.

June is Satisfaction Month, commemorating the June 1969 police raid focusing on homosexual patrons on the Stonewall Inn in New York that led to an rebellion of LGBTQ Individuals and served as a catalyst for the homosexual rights motion.

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