The Endymion Parade in New Orleans is one of the last celebrations that take place right before the Christian season of Lent. It is also a family oriented parade which attracts many watchers with children. It was likely a horrifying scene when a suspected drunk driver plowed into a large crowd enjoying the colorful spectacle.
Police arrested the 25-year-old driver who witnesses stated hit several other obstacles before he steered into the crowd. The man reportedly hit a large vehicle with his pickup truck near a crossroads where the parade was traveling. The driver then careened down another road where his truck collided with two separate vehicles parked along that street. A woman stated that the man then appeared to attempt a turn before his truck veered into the unsuspecting crowd.
New Orleans police reported that of the 28 victims who were hurt, five of them suffered serious injuries. Of the wounded, 21 of them required in-patient care. The youngest victim was a 3-year-old child, and the oldest victims were in their 40's.
Authorities have charged the man with vehicular negligence as well as hit-and-run and reckless driving. It is unknown if he will face additional charges as the investigation into this suspected drunk driver wreck proceeds. The victims who suffered serious injuries may have long recoveries that might require rehabilitation and physical therapy in addition to their current medical treatment. They and their families may consider filing personal injury civil suits as a way of reducing the enormous financial burden that these medical expenses, lost wages and associated monetary damages have likely created for them.
Source: ktla.com, "Suspected Drunk Driver Rams Crowd During Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans, at Least 28 Injured", Feb. 26, 2017