dglobalnews.com Driver who crashed into New Orleans parade crowd identified
Published: Thu, March 02, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

Driver who crashed into New Orleans parade crowd identified

A lawsuit filed in Civil District Court in August suggests the 25-year-old, who calls himself "Pasta" on Facebook, had enrolled in some classes at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Police said Sunday that 28 people were hurt in the accident that sent 21 people to the hospital; an additional seven people at the scene declined medical help.

28 people were injured when a driver, who seemed to be drunk, ran into a crowd of people in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. But on Sunday, he was only booked on charges related to two of those victims - Michelle Woodfork, a New Orleans police lieutenant who is in stable condition, and 22-year-old Shaunice Williams, who remains in critical condition with a lacerated liver. There were no fatalities.

A breath alcohol test determined that Rizzuto's alcohol level was three times the legal limit.

'"It appears that it's a subject who was highly intoxicated who struck a number of vehicles and then veered off, hitting a whole bunch of innocent people", Harrison said. Harrison was asked twice by the media if terrorism was suspected. While he didn't say "No" he said it looks like a case of DWI.

The 21 victims range in ages from 3-4 years old to up to 40-or-so years old.

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It was uncertain Tuesday whether the family of Rizzuto, who is being housed in a low-security cell block in the Orleans Justice Center, would make bond.

Rizzuto's father told WWL-TV (http://bit.ly/2lZWmcs) that he was still trying to understand what happened and that his son is a "good kid".

Rizzuto lives in Paradis, La.in St. Charles Parish. The judge added he expects more charges to come down from the New Orleans Police Department.

Tracy Shields said she hopes investigators are looking into what she believes was the catalyst for the massive crash that stunned parade-goers and attracted national attention. Local authorities said the woman was able to tell them that she had been in the vehicle and "ended up in the water".

Saturday night's parade was put on by the Krewe of Endymion, which is known for its long, elaborate floats and the big party it hosts at the Superdome after the parade.

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