Police have shared the name and photo of a man whose truck hit and killed a young girl during a North Carolina Christmas parade.
Landen Christopher Glass, 20, was behind the wheel of the white GMC Sierra when disaster struck in downtown Raleigh Saturday.
He claims the truck’s brakes failed and was found with a gun in his truck. The murdered girl has no name and her age has not been shared. She was dancing with the CC & Company Dance Complex when disaster struck.
Glass is charged with death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, improper equipment, unsafe movement and carrying a firearm in a parade after the tragedy.
Police confirmed that the girl was hit by the truck at low speed and, despite life-saving efforts, the girl died. No other paradegoers were injured.
Video shows the moment the truck failed to stop after plowing into the crowd of dancers as the driver was heard yelling out his window that he couldn’t brake.
Witnesses said the white truck carrying the CC& Co. Danswagen was the one who lost control, and dancers in neon green outfits can be seen panicking nearby.
The dance company released a statement saying, “We are still in shock as we write these words to you. We also know that many of our young people witnessed this tragedy and that is also difficult to fathom.’
Christopher Glass, 20, has been named as the driver of the truck that hit and killed a girl Saturday during a Christmas parade in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Six men stopped an out of control truck that hit and killed a young girl after he lost control of the float
The staff rush to where the young girl was killed during the Raleigh Christmas Parade on Hillsborough Street
The statement asked people to “reach out to each other” and “pray for our dance families.”
They also asked people to “please refrain from passing judgment on what happened until we know more and the authorities have completed their investigation.”
“What we do know is that our hearts are broken and we need to find ways to help each other through this,” the statement continued.
“We never expected to see a day like today, and the only thing that will get us through is the amazing thing we’ve seen in our CC & Co. Dance family.’
Other videos show bystanders and officers springing into action, running to physically stop the runaway truck, which eventually came to a stop in the road.
The video showed six men bravely jumping in front of the truck to slow it down.
The dance troupe had 200 performers in the parade, some of them as young as five years old.
Raleigh Police Department released a statement saying, “Our thoughts go out to the victim’s family and those who witnessed this tragic incident. The victim’s family has asked for privacy at this very difficult time.”
The accident happened on Hillsborough Road at Boylan Avenue in North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh.
Police have asked pedestrians and local residents to avoid the area as the intersection is closed indefinitely.
Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said her heart “hurts for the young girl who was hit in a tragic accident on the parade route.”
A participant of the Raleigh Christmas parade dance troupe gets a hug after leaving Hillyer Memorial Christian Church in Raleigh, NC, on Saturday
The white truck that hit a girl Saturday during the Raleigh Christmas Parade in North Carolina
Police officers are working on the scene after a float truck crashed Saturday during a holiday parade in Raleigh, NC
Video shows the moment the truck apparently loses control and continues to drive into the dancers, while the driver screams helplessly out the window
“Today started with such joy. The Raleigh Christmas Parade puts a smile on so many faces. My heart was so full,” she complained.
Baldwin said she is “praying for her, her family and our community.”
A witness told ABC 11: “It was just a lot of chaos, just a lot of cops running, people running… It was crazy. It was traumatizing.’
The Raleigh Christmas Parade has been officially canceled due to the incident.