Girl dies after being hit by pickup tow truck during Raleigh Christmas parade – 104.5 WOKV

RALEIGH, NC — A girl died after being hit by a pickup truck towing a cart during a Christmas parade in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday, authorities said.

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According to the Raleigh Police Department, the accident happened around 10:14 a.m. in Raleigh, WTVD reported.

Police said the driver said he lost control of the truck and hit the child at low speed, according to the TV channel. The truck, a GMC Denali, was pulling one of two CC & Company floats when it went out of control, according to WTVD. The driver honked his horn and yelled at people to get out of the way, the TV station reported.

The girl performed with CC & Company Dance Complex, a group that had previously performed at the parade, WRAL-TV reported.

The girl was taken to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries, according to WTVD. Her name and age have not been released.

Police said the driver of the truck faces misdemeanor charges, death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, improper equipment, unsafe movement and carrying a firearm in a parade, the TV station reported.

According to the WTVD, no other parade participants were injured. The parade was canceled after the incident.

CC & Company had two floats in the parade, with members of the company performing between them, the Raleigh newspaper The News & Observer reported. According to the newspaper, the truck pulling the second swimmer was the vehicle that went out of control.

“We started dancing in the parade and then all of a sudden we just heard a lot of honking,” Olivia Bruce, 14, a member of the dance troupe, told the News & Observer. “And when we turned around, we saw the truck almost on our backs, so we turned away.

“The truck just kept going faster and faster and then it stopped and someone was put on the ground. It was pretty close (for me). I undressed in a matter of seconds – I almost got hit too.”

A witness to the incident told WRAL that the parade scene quickly became chaotic.

“The girls continued to dance and then separated very quickly as the truck drove through them. Besides this group, there were more dancers. I think we all wondered if that was part of the parade,” the woman told the TV station. “Maybe (the truck) picked up a bit of speed and the horn kept beeping and then there was a bit more chaos. Everyone looked confused. I don’t know, maybe the fire engine and other first responders helped stop the truck. I don’t know if anyone was hit on the ground or not.”


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