Girl killed by Landen Glass’ out-of-control truck at Raleigh Christmas parade

A young girl performing in a North Carolina Christmas parade died after a driver lost control of a vehicle towing a float in the procession and hit her.

A GMC Denali had been pulling a float for the CC & Co. Dance in the Raleigh Christmas Parade when the driver began shouting he had lost control of the vehicle, ABC 11 reported

Raleigh Police later identified Landen C. Glass, 20, as the driver, according to CBS 17.

Raleigh mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin mourned the incident by saying “our hearts are heavy.”

The incident occurred in Raleigh.

A participant of the dance troupe from the Raleigh Christmas parade gets a hug after leaving Hillyer Memorial Christian Church in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
The young girl later died after being hit, despite life-saving efforts.

Police officers work the scene after a truck pulling a float crashed at a holiday parade in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
The driver is facing a slew of charges.

Glass hit the girl at a slow speed, but despite life-saving efforts, she later died the station reported. No other participants were injured.

“They were trying to get us all out of the way,” dancer Cheyenne Hamilton, 17, told The News & Observer. “But unfortunately, one of the dancers was not able to get out of the way. They pulled (the dancer) out right in front of us.”

Glass, of Goode, Va., is facing charges of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, improper equipment, unsafe movement and carrying a firearm in a parade, ABC 11 reported.

Landon Christopher Glass fatally struck a little girl at the Raleigh Christmas Parade
Landen C. Glass reportedly lost control of the vehicle before hitting the young girl.
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A police car with a parade float in the background
After Landen C. Glass lost control, he honked and yelled at people to get out of the way.
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Police officer with a parade float in the background
Police officers and other parade attendees brought the truck to a halt.
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Raleigh Christmas parade fatality
Glass hit the young girl at a slow speed, according to reports.
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“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of the young girl who lost her life today at the Raleigh Christmas Parade,” Raleigh mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said. “Our prayers are with her family, friends and the dancers from CC & Co. The community is here for you as we try to understand and process this shared tragedy.”

Video from ABC11 shows police officers, parade staff and crowd members attendees chasing after the truck, eventually bringing it to a halt by hand.