Wilton Manors Pride Parade Motorist Not Terrorist, Part of Gay Men's Chorus

Officials believe that an incident in which a man was killed and another seriously injured after a driver hit spectators at a Pride parade in South Florida on Saturday evening was an accident.

The driver of the pickup truck that hit the crowd during the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade was reportedly part of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus family and was not purposely targeting the LGBTQ community.

"Our fellow Chorus members were those injured and the driver is also a part of the Chorus family," the group's president Justin Knight said in a statement, via NBC.

"To my knowledge, this was not an attack on the LGBTQ community."

Chris Caputo, Wilton Manors City Commissioner, also tweeted that "it seems increasingly probable" that the collision was an accident.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis originally feared that the crash was intentional.

"This community will come together. Our allies, members of this community want to see justice happen here, and we know it will," he told WSVN.

Fort Lauderdale Police have not revealed details about the driver, who was taken into custody but it was unclear if he had been charged.

"Today, at the start of the Stonewall Pride Parade a truck struck two pedestrians in the 1700 block of NE 4th Ave," the department tweeted.

"Fort Lauderdale Police Wilton Manors Police send our deepest condolences to those injured and to those affected. We ask for patience as we work to conduct a thorough and complete investigation."

Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz took part in the event and was reportedly near the crash.

"I am deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost and others seriously injured at tonight's Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade," Schultz tweeted.

"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."

Fellow Florida representative Ted Deutch added: "Devastated by the horror we saw at Wilton Manors Pride.

"Mourning life taken & praying for injured & families of both. Intensely grateful for police who sprung to action before us to save lives. I'm so sorry, Wilton Manors. I'm so sorry, my friends."

In a statement, the Florida Democratic Party described the incident as "horrific."

"We are sending prayers to everyone in Wilton Manors and the lgbtq+ community all across the state," the party added.

Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said: "What started as a celebration quickly turned to tragedy at today's Stonewall Pride Parade.

"Though authorities are still gathering information, we know two individuals marching to celebrate inclusion and equality were struck by a vehicle. One person has died and the other remains hospitalized.

"This tragedy took place within feet of me and my BSO team, and we are devastated having witnessed this horrific incident. I'm proud of all the BSO and local first responders who leaped into action, running into the unknown and instantly provided care for the victims. Our prayers are with the victims and their families. Be sure to hug the ones you love tonight."

Fort Lauderdale Police have been contacted for an update.

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Police investigate the scene where a pickup truck drove into a crowd of people at a Pride parade on June 19, 2021 in Wilton Manors, Florida. One person died and one was injured in the incident that is still under investigation. Jason Koerner/Getty Images