Guilty plea in crash that hurt 32 in Mardi Gras parade crowd
NEW ORLEANS - The driver of a pickup truck that plowed into a crowd last February at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans has pleaded guilty in the case.
Sentencing is set for Jan. 12 for 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto of Paradis. He entered guilty pleas Friday to felony charges of first-degree vehicular negligent injury.
Each of the 11 felony counts carries up to five years in prison. Rizzuto had pleaded guilty last month to numerous misdemeanor charges in connection with the Feb. 25 crash. As many as 32 people were reported hurt in the crash on the route of the Endymion parade.
New Orleans media reported that some victims attended Friday's hearing and described injuries, including broken bones and lacerations. More victim impact statements are expected at sentencing in January.
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