Girl killed in float crash at North Carolina holiday parade

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A girl died on Saturday after she was struck by a vehicle towing a float for a holiday parade in North Carolina, police said.

The driver who lost control of the vehicle and struck the child was charged with reckless driving and other offences, the Raleigh Police Department said.

Witnesses said people attending the Raleigh Christmas Parade heard the pick-up truck’s driver screaming that he had lost control of the vehicle and could not stop it before the crash.

The girl struck by the truck had been participating in the parade, police said. It was reported that the girl was part of a dance troupe.

North Carolina Parade Float Crash
A participant of the dance troupe from the Raleigh Christmas parade is comforted after the collision (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP/PA)

“We started dancing in the parade, and then all of a sudden, we just heard a lot of honking. And when we turned back, we saw the truck almost on our backs, so we turned away,” she said.

Nobody else at the parade was injured in the collision.

The parade was cancelled after the crash.

The driver was one of three people in the vehicle towing the float at a low rate of speed, police said.

Investigators interviewed the driver, who was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, using improper equipment, unsafe movement, and carrying a firearm in a parade.

The names and ages of the girl and the pickup truck’s driver were not immediately released.

“Our hearts go out to the family of the victim and those who witnessed this tragic incident,” police said.

Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin expressed her condolences for the girl’s family and friends.

“Today started off with such joy,” the mayor tweeted. “My heart was so full. And now it aches for the young girl hit in a tragic accident on the parade route.”

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