Man who drove a truck through a Mardi Gras parade charged

Posted March 02, 2017

Police have identified the man suspected of plowing into a crowd of Mardi Gras revelers in New Orleans while drunk. Harrison was asked twice if terrorism was suspected.

Harrison strongly ruled out this option, and stated that it seems that the driver of the truck was drunk.

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

The police released some of the details of this tragedy, and among them, they revealed that the truck drivers name is Neilson Rizzuto.

A regard of Rizzuto's social media account has since led to many openly condemning the 25 year old who appeared to have a history of risky driving. "He's running through the crowd, running through people like nobody's there".

Though New Orleans police have said two dozen people were injured when Rizzuto struck the crowd before slamming into a parked city dump truck.

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The police reacted immediately and arrested Rizzuto, right on the spot.

The drama led to authorities cautioning of a possible terrorist attack, similar to the ones seen in Munich, Germany and Nice, France a year ago, only for authorities to later announce upon the man's arrest, the act was the result of the driver being 'highly intoxicated'.

Currently, he is being held in Orleans Justice Centre jail and he will be charged on several counts. Seven others declined to be hospitalized, city Emergency Services Director, Dr Jeff Elder said, adding that the victims range in age from as young as 3 or 4-years-old to adults in their 30s and 40s. None of the injuries are said to be life-threatening.

Rizzuto's Facebook page says he is a bouncer at a New Orleans bar.

"We've had individuals who have made really bad decisions today that have really caused serious damage and consequences to a lot of citizens", Landrieu said. Earlier on Saturday, a man was hit by a bullet through a portable toilet near the Mardi Gras parade. Incidents like this ruin everyone's mood.