A young girl was killed after a driver lost control of a vehicle towing a float in a North Carolina Christmas parade and hit her.
According to ABC11, a GMC Denali was pulling a float for the CC & Co. Dance in the Raleigh Christmas Parade when the driver began shouting that he had lost control of the vehicle.
The driver hit the girl at a low speed, but she died despite life-saving efforts, according to the station. There were no other participants who were hurt.
“They were trying to get us all out of the way,” Cheyenne Hamilton, a 17-year-old dancer, told The News & Observer. “However, one of the dancers was unable to move out of the way.” They drew (the dancer) out in front of us.”
According to ACB11, the driver is charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, improper equipment, unsafe movement, and carrying a firearm in a parade.
“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of the young girl who died today in the Raleigh Christmas Parade,” said Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and the CC & Co dancers.” The community is here to support you as we try to comprehend and process this common tragedy.”
ABC11 video shows police officers, parade staff, and crowd members chasing after the truck and eventually bringing it to a halt by hand.
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