Endymion crash driver hit man before plowing into crowd

Posted March 02, 2017

A drunken driver crashed into another vehicle before ploughing into a Mardi Gras parade crowd in New Orleans on Saturday, injuring almost 30 people, reports Phil Helsel for NBC News.

Instead of stopping, the truck's driver then struck a parked pickup truck a few feet further toward Orleans Avenue, pushing the vehicle several feet into a man with a stroller, Tracy Shields said.

Police have said it's too soon to tell if the incident, which generated worldwide headlines and cast a black shadow over what was otherwise a festive Carnival day, will bring about new safety rules in the city.

'There were bodies flying off the hood while he was still driving.' .

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Rizzuto was arrested at the scene Saturday as first responders and bystanders attended to the victims.

"We suspect that that subject was highly intoxicated", Police Chief Michael Harrison said on Saturday evening.

Upon his arrest, Neilson Rizzuto was charged with two counts of vehicular negligent injuring, one count of 'hit and run driving causing death or serious injury' and one count of reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

The site says the booking is still in progress, meaning that additional charges could apply.

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"Ages ranged from 1 year old to patients in their 50s", the report states. Seven declined medical treatment.

During a parade of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, an extremely drunk person drove his truck into a crowd of people who were enjoying themselves in one of the most known festivals in the whole world. 28 wounded, 12 Critical. Neilson Rizzuto, 25, was identified Sunday as the suspect in the rampage.

In one video Facebook post, Rizzuto shows off his 'insane driving skills' while in another post, the man wrote he 'hates drunk people'. Harrison said Saturday night the officer, who was on duty, was undergoing tests to determine the extent of her injuries.

'You got me frozen. I don't know what to do, I don't know what to say."He was just kind of out of it", she said.Kourtney McKinnis, an eyewitness to the incident, told the Advocate that the driver appeared unable to comprehend his actions.

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