RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Raleigh police officials confirm the girl who was accidentally hit by a float truck during the Raleigh Christmas parade has died.
Police said the crash happened around 10:15 a.m. near the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Boylan Avenue when the driver said he lost control of the truck. Police said he hit the child at low speed.
First responders took the child to the hospital, but doctors were unable to save her life. No other participants in the march were injured.
The driver, Landon Christopher Glass, 20, faces charges of motor vehicle accident causing death, careless and reckless driving, improper equipment, unsafe movement and carrying a firearm in a parade.
People said they heard the driver screaming through the window of the truck that he lost control and was unable to stop the vehicle.
“I just saw them coming down the street really fast, you could tell it wasn’t like gas, they weren’t hitting gas, it was rolling, rolling down the road, they were panicking, people were yelling to get out. You could tell they were panicking, ” said marcher Melissa Stevens.
A group of people, including first responders, rushed to the floating tow truck to try to stop it.
“People came up and helped catch it, slow it down a little bit. They tried to slow it down when it got to this point,” John Jones said.
Christy Curtis, Owner, CC And the company Dance Complex released a statement Saturday evening:
“We are devastated. Our dance family is a close knit group. Our hearts are broken today. We are working closely with the authorities as they determine what happened and why.”
Raleigh’s mayor, Mary-Ann Baldwin, said her heart ached for the girl injured in the parade. She expressed herself Sorry in a post on Twitter.
“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of the young woman who lost her life today at the Raleigh Christmas Parade. Our prayers are with her family, friends and the dancers at CC. & Co. The community is here for you as we try to understand and process this shared tragedy.”
Governor Roy Cooper issued a statement Twitter Sharing his condolences to the family.
“Kristin and I are devastated by the tragedy at the Raleigh Christmas Parade today. In what should be a joyous season, we instead mourn this family and their friends as we keep them in our prayers. – RC”
“Our hearts and prayers really go out to the family and everyone involved in this incident. All we can do right now is pray and ask people to lift them up,” said Reilly with Jennifer Martin Shop Local.
The Raleigh Police statement regarding the incident is as follows.
“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family and those who witnessed this tragic incident. The victim’s family has requested privacy during this difficult time.”
The Raleigh Christmas Parade was officially canceled due to the incident.
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