Driver In New Orleans Parade Crash Identified

Driver who crashed into New Orleans parade crowd identified

Neilson Rizzuto, 25, was arrested and charged with first degree negligent vehicular injuring, hit-and-run driving causing serious injury and reckless operation of a vehicle, New Orleans Police said in a statement Sunday.

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Rizzuto careened through a crowd during a parade Saturday on one of the busiest nights of the Mardi Gras season, injuring at least 28 people, police say. There were no fatalities.

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

Rizzuto drove a gray truck through the Krewe of Endymion parade around 6:45 p.m., according to The Advocate.

"Initial reports show so far about a dozen people are in critical condition," police spokeswoman Ambria Washington told The Times-Picayune. "That number could increase as the investigation is ongoing."

Twenty-one people were hospitalized, five in critical condition. Seven other people declined treatment.

The crash comes during the final weekend of Carnival at one of the city's largest parades.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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