Child dies after being hit by out-of-control truck during Raleigh Christmas Parade: Police

A child died after he was hit by an out-of-control truck flying a float during a Christmas parade in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday, police said.

The truck driver lost control of the vehicle around 10:14 am, before hitting the girl at a low speed, said the police.

“Despite life-saving efforts by medical personnel, the child died as a result of his injuries,” police said in a statement. “No parade participants or spectators were injured in this incident.”

The truck driver, identified as 20-year-old Landen Christopher Kaca, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, slow and reckless driving, improper equipment, unsafe movement and carrying a firearm in a parade, police said.

PHOTO: Police officers work at the scene after a truck pulling a float crashed at a holiday parade in Raleigh, NC, on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.

Police officers work at the scene after a truck pulling a float crashed during a holiday parade in Raleigh, NC, on November 19, 2022. Witnesses said people attending the Raleigh Christmas Parade heard the truck driver scream that he lost control of the vehicle and was unable to stop it was before the accident.

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The girl was dancing with the CC troupe & Co. Dance Complex when he hit, according to Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin.

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

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Footage of the incident shows the truck moving along the track as a large group of dancers scatters to get out of the way, before those who can physically stop the truck.

Witnesses told ABC Raleigh affiliate WTVD they heard the driver screaming out the truck’s window that he lost control and could not stop the vehicle.

“It was just chaos, just a lot of police running, people running,” witness Brandon Patrick told the station. “It’s crazy. It’s traumatizing.”

People in trucks came out to warn paradegoers to get out of the way, he said.

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“It was like freaking out, yelling at people, ‘Get out of the way,'” Melissa Stephens told WTVD. “You could tell they were panicking.”

PHOTO: Police officers work at the scene after a truck pulling a float crashed at a holiday parade in Raleigh, NC, on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.

Police officers work at the scene after a truck pulling a float crashed at a holiday parade in Raleigh, NC, on November 19, 2022.

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CC & Co. Dance Complex said it was in “shock.”

“This morning’s event has devastated us,” the company said in a statement on Facebook. “We also know many of our young people have witnessed this tragedy and it’s also hard to hope for.”

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said he was “devastated about the tragedy” at the parade.

“In a season of joy on what should be a happy day, we mourn for this family and friends as we remain in our prayers,” he said on Twitter.

The parade was canceled due to the incident.

“Today begins with such joy. The Raleigh Christmas Parade brings[s] smile to many faces. My heart is so full,” Baldwin said on Twitter. “And now aches for a young girl hit in a tragic accident on the parade route. Pray for her, her family and our community.”



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