RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officers in North Carolina have denied a allow for a Christmas parade after a truck towing a float struck and killed a lady throughout final yr’s occasion.
Town of Raleigh introduced Thursday that it denied the Higher Raleigh Retailers Affiliation’s request for a allow for the Raleigh Christmas Parade, information shops reported.
“The choice was made out of an abundance of warning for parade individuals and spectators, in addition to respect for Hailey Brooks’ household and pals,” in response to a metropolis assertion.
Hailey Brooks, 11, was killed throughout final yr’s parade when she was hit by a pickup truck towing a float after the motive force misplaced management. Landen Glass, then 20, was initially charged with misdemeanor demise by motorcar, careless and reckless driving, improper tools, unsafe motion and carrying a firearm in a parade. In March, a grand jury elevated his fees to felony involuntary manslaughter.
The Brooks household was not consulted and so they oppose the choice to disclaim the parade allow, in response to legal professional Jason Miller.
“The Brooks household is disillusioned that town of Raleigh selected to cancel its 2023 Raleigh Christmas Parade reasonably than undertake primary security measures to guard the neighborhood,” Miller mentioned.
The retailers affiliation is saddened by the choice, Government Director Jennifer Martin mentioned.
“The parade has been a Raleigh custom for 78 years that brings the neighborhood collectively and offers pleasure to a whole lot of hundreds and permits households close to and much to make numerous reminiscences,” she mentioned in an announcement. The affiliation is “prepared, keen and capable of proceed this custom” as quickly as town of Raleigh “permits it to return,” Martin mentioned.
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