A girl has died after being struck by a truck pulling a float during a Christmas parade in Raleigh, North Carolina, authorities said Saturday.
The driver of the car in the parade lost control at an intersection and hit the girl while driving at low speed, police said in a news release. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition, later she died. No one else was injured in the accident that happened on Saturday morning.
Police said there were three people in the vehicle that was towing the watercraft with a large number of people. The driver cooperated with detectives and was charged with vehicular manslaughter, carelessness and recklessness, improper equipment, dangerous driving and carrying a firearm during a parade. The authorities do not disclose the name of the person.
The girl, who has not been identified, was a member of the CC & Company Dance Complex, local media reported. The dance school announced this on Facebook.
“We are still in shock as we write these words to you. The events of this morning have devastated us. We also know that many of our children witnessed this tragedy, and it is also difficult to understand.” statement read. “Please reach out and check on each other. Please pray for our dance families, especially those directly affected.”
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said he was “devastated by this tragedy.
“In a joyous time that should be a happy day, we instead miss this family and their friends and keep them in our prayers,” he said. wrote on Twitter.
Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said her heart “goes out for the young lady involved in the tragic accident.”
Police examined the truck after the crash but did not release any information about possible mechanical problems. This is reported by the News & Observer. It is assumed that the truck’s brakes may have failed.
The parade was canceled after the incident.