The video below shows the aftermath of the crash.
The incident took place around 6.42pm as people were gathered on a central median in the road to enjoy the parade.
The 25 year old driver, Neilson Rizzuto, has been charged with two counts of first-degree vehicular negligence resulting in injury, and 1 count each of reckless operation and hit-and-run driving. It seems he may face even more charges.
Thankfully, reports indicate that none of those injured were left with life-threatening injuries.
For me, this incident brings into stark focus, once again, the danger that vehicles pose to crowds at events. If the driver was drunk in this particular case then that exists as a contributory factor to the accident, clearly.
To focus on the risk posed by vehicles though it's worth considering:
Accidents happen and sometimes bad people plan and make bad things happen. The thing is, the accidents are still probably more common than acts of terrorism.
It's important that, as event planners, we don't get caught up in the most recent high-profile risk and that we keep our eye on all realistic risks to our crowds.
We're working with a number of clients currently on emergency & contingency planning that will include mitigation against vehicle attacks, be they intentional or accidental.