Raleigh Christmas Parade young performer dies after being hit by out-of-control truck; driver charged | Deadly parade accident

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Raleigh police confirm that the girl who was hit by a truck pulling a float during the Raleigh Christmas Parade has died accidentally.

Police said the crash happened around 10:14 a.m. near the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Boylan Avenue when the driver said he lost control of the truck. He hit the child at a low rate of speed, police said.

Despite lifesaving efforts, the child died. No other participants in the parade were injured.

The driver, Landen Christopher Glass, 20, is facing charges of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, improper equipment, unsafe movement and carrying a firearm in a parade.

People said they heard the driver screaming out the window of the truck that he had lost control and was unable to stop the vehicle.

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“I saw them coming down the street really fast and you could tell it wasn’t like gas, like they weren’t gassing, it was rolling, kind of rolling down the street. They were freaking out, yelling people find out because you can tell they were panicking,” said parade member Melissa Stephens.

A group of people including several first responders ran over to the truck pulling the float to try to stop it.

“People came up and they were helping to grab it, to slow it down a little bit. They were trying to slow it down when it got to this point,” said John Jones.

Christy Curtis, Owner, CC & Company Dance Complex released a statement on Saturday evening:

“We are devastated. Our dance family is a close knit group and our hearts are broken today. We are working closely with the authorities as they determine what happened and why.”

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The mayor of Raleigh, Mary-Ann Baldwin said that her heart was going badly for the girl who was injured at the parade. She expressed her sorry in a post on Twitter.

“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of the young girl who lost her life today at the Raleigh Christmas Parade. Our prayers to her family, friends and the dancers from CC & Co. The community is here for you as we try to understand and process this shared tragedy.”

Governor Roy Cooper issued a statement about it twitter condolences to the family.

“Kristin and I are saddened by the tragedy at today’s Raleigh Christmas Parade. In a season of joy on what should be a happy day, we mourn instead for this family and their friends as we hold our prayers for them. – RC”

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“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family right now and to all those involved in this event. That’s all we can do is ask people to pray right now and lift them up,” Jennifer Martin with Local Shop Raleigh said.

Raleigh police statement about the incident:

“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 has officially been canceled due to the incident.

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