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Woman struck and killed by Mardi Gras float during parade


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Woman struck and killed by Mardi Gras float during parade

New Orleans is mourning the death of a woman who was run over by a parade float as the city celebrates the season leading up to Mardi GrasFebruary 20, 2020, 7:04 PM4 min readNEW ORLEANS — New Orleans is mourning the death of a woman who was run over by a parade float as the…

Woman struck and killed by Mardi Gras float during parade

New Orleans is grieving the death of a female who was run over by a parade float as the city celebrates the season leading up to Mardi Gras

February 20, 2020, 7: 04 PM

4 minutes read

NEW ORLEANS–
New Orleans is grieving the death of a woman who was run over by a parade float as the city commemorates the season leading up to Mardi Gras. Police are still examining the accident, spokesman Juan Barnes said Thursday.

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Workplace determined her Thursday as Geraldine Carmouche, 58, of New Orleans. She was associated with two members of the parade group, stated a declaration released Thursday through a public relations company.

” We are ravaged over the terrible event last night that led to the death of a relative of 2 Nyx sis,” stated the statement from Krewe of Nyx captain Julia Lea.

Carmouche apparently attempted to cross between two parts of a tandem float, tripped over a hitch connecting the sections and was run over, witnesses informed news outlets.

It occurred Wednesday night during the parade of the Mystic Krewe of Nyx, an all-female Carnival group that was “established to unify ladies of diverse backgrounds for fun, friendship, and the joviality of the Mardi Gras season,” according to its website.

” On such a jubilant night, this is undoubtedly a tragic event,” Lea stated in a statement Wednesday.

The mishap involved float 21, New Orleans Cops Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said at a news conference.

The parade was ended early, and the rest of the drifts were diverted off the parade route. That was the “appropriate thing to do,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell told reporters near the scene.

The parade group supported the city’s decision, “made during a special and tragic set of scenarios,” stated a declaration launched earlier Thursday.

Individuals left flowers, beads, candles and other items in an impromptu memorial Thursday at a corner near the mishap website, The Times-Picayune/ The New Orleans Advocate reported.

Mardi Gras is Feb. 25, but the Fat Tuesday event is preceded by a week or more of parades and parties each year.

The death comes one year after a cars and truck sped into a bike lane near a parade path, hitting nine people and killing 2 bicyclists. Sharree Walls, 27, of New Orleans and David Hynes, 31, of Seattle, died not far from where the Krewe of Endymion parade had just passed. A guy recognized as the driver– Tashonty Toney, 32– was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide.

Prior to Wednesday night’s accident, the most current Carnival float-related death took place in 2009, when a 23- year-old rider fell from a float and in front of its wheels in Carencro, about 120 miles (195 kilometers) west of New Orleans.

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In 2008, a rider leaving a three-part float after the Krewe of Endymion parade in New Orleans was eliminated when the float stumbled forward and the third section ran over him, cops stated. And in Marksville, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of Baton Rouge, a 16- year-old standing between a pickup and the float it was pulling passed away when the truck began moving after a quick stop, state police said.

An 11- year-old kid attempting to grab a trinket under a slowly moving float in 1986 was squashed by the eighteen-wheeler’s wheels in rural New Orleans, and a guy who attempted to leap onto a float in New Orleans apparently lost his grip and fell under it.

In 1981, an 8-year-old young boy passed away when a surging crowd toppled the ladder on which he was sitting, throwing him behind the cab of a flatbed trailer on which a parade float had been constructed. That exact same year, a 2-year-old girl died under a Zulu float. Police stated she had darted out to get a locket. A claim filed by her parents stated she was knocked from her father’s grasp and under the wheels of a float which then lurched forward.


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