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

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

Police said the accident 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. He hit the child at low speed, the police said.

First responders rushed the child to the hospital, but doctors were unable to save her life. No other parade participants were injured.

The driver, Landen Christopher Glass, 20, is charged with 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 scream out of the truck’s window that he had lost control and was unable to stop the vehicle.

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“I just saw them coming down the street really fast and you can see it wasn’t like gas, like they weren’t gassing, it was rolling, like rolling down the street. They were freaking out and yelling at people, get out like you can tell they were panicking,” parade goer Melissa Stephens said.

A group of people including some first responders ran to the truck towing the float to try to stop it.

“People came up and helped grab it, lower it a little bit. They tried to slow it down when it got to this point,” said John Jones.

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

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

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Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said her heart ached for the girl injured at the parade. She expressed her grief 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 are with her family, friends and the dancers of CC & Co. The community is here for you as we try to understand and process this shared tragedy.”

Governor Roy Cooper released a statement on twitter shares his condolences with the family.

“Kristin and I are devastated by the tragedy at today’s Raleigh Christmas Parade. In a joyous season on what should be a happy day, we instead mourn this family and their friends while keeping them in our prayers. – RC”

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“Our hearts and prayers are really with the family right now and just with all those who have been at this event. It’s just all we can do is ask people to pray right now and lift them up,” Jennifer Martin with Shop Local said Raleigh.

Raleigh Police statement on the incident:

“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family and those who witnessed this tragic incident. The victim’s family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time.”

The Raleigh Christmas Parade was officially canceled due to the incident.

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