Man killed after driver crashes into crowd at Florida Pride parade

One man was killed and another injured after two people were hit by a truck at a South Florida gay pride march on Saturday evening.

Wilton Manors Commissioner Chris Caputo wrote on Twitter that it "seems increasingly probable it was an accident".

Detective Adamson said authorities were investigating "all possibilities" with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but did not say whether they believed the incident was intentional.

The incident happened at the start of the LGBTQ parade in the town of Wilton Manors near Ft.

Justin Knight, the president of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus, later issued a statement explaining that the two victims and the drive were all members of the chorus.

"To my knowledge it was an accident".

"We anticipate more details to follow and ask for the community's love and support".

There were immediately fears that the crash could have been on objective, amid increasing numbers and high-profile incidents of drivers hitting protesters, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signing a law that removed civil liability for drivers who claimed self-defense in hitting protesters.

One of the victims later died from their injuries, Mr Trantalis said, and WPLG-TV reported the driver of the truck was taken into custody.

Photos and video from the scene showed Democratic US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz in tears while in a convertible at the parade.

A pickup truck drove into a crowd of spectators at an LGBTQ Pride event in Wilton Manors, Florida. She tweeted Saturday night, "I am deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost".

"I am so heartbroken by what took place at this celebration", she said. May the memory of the life lost be for a blessing'.

"We were at the start of the parade, right in front of Fort Lauderdale High School", spectator Christina Currie, who was there with her husband and their two elementary school aged children, told the Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale's local newspaper.

"The parade had just begun and we saw people lining up and ready to move and all of a sudden this white pickup truck dashed right through the crowd, barely missing congresswoman Wasserman Schultz's vehicle by inches and smashed through a gate", the mayor said.

"It was definitely an intentional act right across the lanes of traffic".

The remainder of the parade was canceled, according to the Wilton Manors Police Department.

"This tragedy took place within feet of me and my (Broward Sheriff's Office) team, and we are devastated having witnessed this horrific incident", he said.

June is Pride Month, which commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots sparked by repeated police raids on a popular gay bar in NY.

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