DWI suspected in crash that hurt 28 in New Orleans

2017-02-26 20:01
(Cheryl Gerber, AFP)

(Cheryl Gerber, AFP)

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New Orleans - Authorities on Sunday identified the man who allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans while intoxicated.

The New Orleans Police Department issued a statement identifying the man as 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto. Online jail records showed Rizzuto was arrested on a number of charges and was being held at the city's jail.

The accident came on Saturday during one of the busiest nights of Mardi Gras when thousands of people throng the streets of Mid-City to watch the elaborate floats and clamour to catch beads and trinkets tossed from the floats.

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

Harrison was asked by the media if terrorism was suspected. While he didn't say "No," he did say it looks like a case of DWI.

Twenty-one people were hospitalised after the crash with five victims taken to the trauma centre.

Seven others declined to be hospitalised, he said.

The victims range in age from as young as three or four to adults in their 30s and 40s.


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