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Person Dies Struck By Car In Alaska Gay Pride Parade

The gay pride parade in Alaska was canceled Saturday morning after a vehicle in the parade struck and killed a person.

The Associated Press reports:

A gay pride parade in downtown Anchorage on Saturday was canceled after a convertible carrying the grand marshal fatally struck a man, authorities said.

Anchorage police Lt. Dave Parker said the 50-year-old man who was killed was participating in the Celebrating Diversity Parade. He said the car accelerated and ran over the man just minutes after the parade scheduled for 11 a.m. started.

Officers “immediately started CPR, but were not able to revive him,” Parker said. “He was declared deceased at the scene.”

Police questioned the driver and authorities were trying to determine whether the collision was caused by mechanical failure or driver error. There was no indication that alcohol was involved.

Alaska Dispatch adds:

It remained unclear, without a confirmed identity from Anchorage police, whether the deceased was a man, woman or transgender. An email from the LGBTQ blog Bent Alaska described the deceased as a man. An updated story by the Anchorage Daily News identified the dead pedestrian as a 50-year-old man. Police were still attempting to contact the family of the deceased before a name would be released.

Anchorage Daily News also has a report on the story, HERE.