Driver And Victims In Wilton Manors Pride Crash All Members Of Gay Men’s Chorus, Group’s Leader Says

NBC News reports:

The driver of a pickup truck that struck two men, killing one, at a Pride parade in Florida were all connected to the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, the group’s president said Saturday.

The truck was to be part of the chorus’ entry in the Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors, the organization said.

“Our fellow Chorus members were those injured and the driver is also a part of the Chorus family,” Justin Knight said in a statement. “To my knowledge, this was not an attack on the LGBTQ community.”

The New York Times reports:

“We are considering and evaluating all possibilities,” Det. Ali Adamson, a spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale police, who were leading the investigation, said at a news conference on Saturday night.

Detective Adamson declined to say whether the driver had been arrested or charged. She also declined to release the driver’s name or the names of the two men who had been hit. The injured man was expected to survive, she said.

From Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz:

I am deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost and others seriously injured at tonight’s Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade. My staff, volunteers and I are, thankfully, safe.

I want to thank our first responders for their heroic efforts as both police and emergency medical personnel stepped into action quickly.

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.