“When he makes that right turn, that’s when he’s really in danger,” Hicky said.
State Treasurer candidate Angelito Tenorio had just finished the march at the parade and was returning to Main Street after seeing the SUV speeding up along the route.
“Suddenly I heard a loud noise,” said Tenorio, a city council member in nearby West Alice. “Then I heard deafening screams and screams. It was very bitter.”
He described the chaotic scene that surprised and quivered him.
“People ran away, left their belongings behind, and sobbed,” he said. “When the crowd was wiped out, it seemed that there were people on the ground who might have been hit by the vehicle.”
In a video posted on the city’s Facebook page, you can see the SUV slowing down the parade route and hear screams from the crowd. A few seconds later, after a police officer passed by, a group of children stopped playing, followed by several police cars.
Peggy Tom, 58, said she walked down the street looking for a friend after the car passed her. A friend later found out that he was injured.
Tom had a “mountain of musical instruments” and “shoes”.
Others walking in the chaotic scene were screaming for the name of their lost loved one, she added.
City councilman Don Paul Brown was marching with the mayor in a parade, but he had already left and had not witnessed what had happened. He said the city is celebrating its 125th anniversary.