Some witnesses said the crash appeared to be an intentional act. Spectator Christina Currie told the South Florida SunSentinel that she was with her family at the start of the parade.
“All of a sudden there was a loud revving of a truck and a crash through a fence,” Currie said.
“It was definitely an intentional act right across the lanes of traffic.”
But Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Ali Adamson told reporters that authorities were investigating all possibilities.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis told reporters police had "apprehended the driver" and that the vehicle missed a parade car carrying Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) "by inches."
The man appeared to be wearing a shirt from the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus, with the acronym "FTLGMC" written in rainbow-colored lettering visible on his back. LGBTQ+ flags were also displayed on his truck.
Trantalis said he believed the incident was "premeditated" and characterized it as a "terrorist attack against the LGBT community."
But Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus president Justin Knight told news outlets that the driver and victims were a part of his group and that he understood it to be an accident, rather than a deliberate action.
“To my knowledge it was an accident. This was not an attack on the LGBTQ community,” Knight said in the statement.
“We anticipate more details to follow and ask for the community’s love and support.”
However, we are sure no stone will be left unturned to denounce this as a hate crime no matter what the facts are.
A gay, drunk driver at a Pride parade ran over fellow attendees and everyone on the left jumped to call it a TERROR ATTACK.— Raheem J. Kassam (@RaheemKassam) June 20, 2021
Turns out it was an accident, but Twitter won’t stop misinformation from trending. https://t.co/NPvzB4c2O6