Raleigh Christmas parade crash leaves child dead after float hits dance troupe

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Police officers work the scene after a truck pulling a float crashed at a holiday parade in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Witnesses say people attending the Raleigh Christmas Parade heard the truck's driver screaming that he had lost control of the vehicle and couldn't stop it before the crash.

A child was killed Saturday morning after the driver of a truck pulling a float in a Christmas parade in Raleigh, North Carolina, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a dance troupe, police said.

The 20-year-old driver lost control and struck the child “at a low rate of speed,” Raleigh Police Lt. Jason Borneo said in a statement Saturday afternoon. Two other people were in the truck at the time, he said.

“Despite life-saving efforts by medical personnel, the child died as a result of her injuries,” Borneo said.

No one else was injured, police said.

“Today started off with such joy,” Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin wrote on Twitter. “The Raleigh Christmas Parade bring smiles to so many faces. My heart was so full. And now it aches for the young girl hit in a tragic accident on the parade route. Praying for her, her family and our community.”

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