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Suspect identified in Endymion parade crash

6 years 9 months 4 days ago Saturday, February 25 2017 Feb 25, 2017 February 25, 2017 7:19 PM February 25, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ / Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - A drunk driver caused a crash along the Endymion parade route that left 21 people hospitalized Saturday.

In a statement, police identified the man as 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto.

Police Chief Michael Harrison said on Saturday evening that police believe Rizzuto was "highly intoxicated" when he crashed into the crowd watching the Endymion parade in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans.

Online jail records showed Rizzuto was arrested on a number of charges and was being held at the city's jail.

Police said the driver was involved in a crash with three other vehicles, ending with his truck crashing into the crowd at the intersection of Orleans and Carrollton avenues. EMS transported 21 of the 28 injured people to 10 different hospitals for treatment, another seven people declined EMS treatment.

None of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.

Check back for more updates. 

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