Driver in Fatal Pride Parade Crash Is Linked to Gay Men’s Chorus

Brenda Watkins
June 20, 2021

Two pedestrians at a Pride parade near Miami on Saturday were hit by a truck, leaving one dead and the other injured, according to police.

Though initial reports suggested otherwise, it looks "increasingly probable" that the incident at the Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors was an accident, tweeted city commissioner Chris Caputo. The driver's pick-up truck was adorned with a rainbow flag, and he was wearing a Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus t-shirt. Trantalis, who witnessed the incident, described it as a terrorist attack on the LGBTQ+ community, according to WSVN-TV. "As the Chorus family mourns together, we thank the community for their love and understanding".

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the unfortunate accident that occurred when the Stonewall Pride Parade was just getting started. The truck reportedly narrowly missed striking the auto in which Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) was riding, preparing to participate in the parade. The driver, who was in police custody, has also not yet been identified, though the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus spoke up late Saturday to say he was a member.

While the truck appeared to be taking part in the procession, it was not immediately clear if the crash was a deliberate assault or an accident.

Adamson said authorities are speaking with the driver, but she did not say whether he had been charged. The other victim is expected to survive, police said.

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"I am deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost", she said.

"I am so heartbroken by what took place at this celebration", the congresswoman wrote on Twitter. "It was definitely an intentional act right across the lanes of traffic", Christina Currie, who was in attendance at the parade, told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "May the memory of the life lost be for a blessing", she added.

The parade, celebrated by Wilton Manors during Pride Month, has been put on hold as police investigate the scene.

"Though authorities are still gathering information, we know two individuals marching to celebrate inclusion and equality were struck by a vehicle", he posted.

June is Pride Month, commemorating the June 1969 police raid targeting gay patrons at the Stonewall Inn in NY that led to an uprising of LGBTQ Americans and served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement.

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