A 20-year-old driver who allegedly lost control of a truck that struck and killed a girl participating in a Christmas parade in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday morning, was identified by police later in the evening.
The truck was pulling a float that was in the parade behind the girls from the CC & Co. Dance Complex.
The driver was identified as 20-year-old Landen Christopher Glass. He was arrested for the misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, carelessness and recklessness, improper equipment, unsafe movement and carrying a firearm in a parade.
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“The girls kept dancing, and then they separated very quickly as the truck passed between them. There were more dancers beyond this group. I think we were all wondering if it was part of the parade,” said a woman who saw the accident. WRAL-TV.
Glass was screaming that he couldn’t control the van before it crashed, witnesses said.
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Another passerby said he saw the girl on the ground with a blanket covering her. Others reported hearing screeching tires, yelling, and a blaring vehicle horn at the time of the accident.
“We started dancing in the parade and all of a sudden we heard a lot of honking,” dancer Olivia Bruce, 14, told the News & Observer. “And when we turned around, we saw the truck almost backwards, so we turned around,” Bruce said.
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The victim’s name has not been released.