Dozens Critically Injured When Drunk Driver PLOWS Into MARDI GRAS Crowd- Suspect Is…

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Twelve people were critically injured Saturday night when a vehicle plowed into a crowd watching a Mardi Gras parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans, police said. 

The Times-Picayune reports the crash was reported Saturday at about 6:45 p.m.

New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman Ambria Washington says that “initial reports show so far that about a dozen people are in critical condition.” She says that number could increase as the investigation continues.

A source in the parish government told Fox News that the suspect was intoxicated and was shouting “kill me” as he was being taken away.

A mugshot of Neilson Rizzuto who police say plowed into a crowd of people in New Orleans. (NOPD)

Neilson Rizzuto, 25, was identified Sunday as the suspect in the rampage. Online jail records showed Rizzuto was arrested on a number of charges and was being held at the city’s jail.

Police Chief Michael Harrison said in a press conference after the incident that the suspect, who was traveling in the opposite direction of the parade and struck two vehicles, veered off to the other side from the parade, hitting a number of pedestrians before coming to a stop.


Harrison said the suspect is being investigated for driving while intoxicated. Harrison was asked twice by the media if terrorism was suspected. While he didn’t say “No” he did say it looks like a case of DWI.

“We suspect that that subject was highly intoxicated,” he said.

Twenty-one people were hospitalized after the crash with five victims in guarded condition. Seven others declined to be hospitalized, city Emergency Services Director, Dr. Jeff Selder said.

The victims range in age from as young as 3 or 4-years-old to adults in their 30’s and 40’s.

Among the injured was one New Orleans police officer. Chief Harrison said the officer, who was on duty, was undergoing tests to determine the extent of her injuries. She was in “good spirits,” he said.

One woman at the scene told The New Orleans Advocate that a silver truck whisked by her just feet away as she was walking through the intersection.

Carrie Kinsella said, “I felt a rush it was so fast.”


This drunk just ruined dozens of lives.

Drink responsibly or don’t drink at all.

God Bless.

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