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Woman killed by Mardi Gras float

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

One of the great pleasures of living in Louisiana is its strong sense of its culture. At the top of that cultural list for many is the Mardi Gras, but celebration can turn to tragedy when someone is injured.

This was the case when an unnamed woman was run over by the Mystic Krewe of Nyx’s parade float on the Wednesday night before Fat Tuesday. The woman died at the scene. According to witnesses, the woman tried to cross between two sections of the all-women super krewe’s float, but the victim tripped over the hitch that connected the sections.

Krewes need to be careful

The goal of a Mardi Gras krewe is to create a float and regalia that it can be proud of as they ride and walk in parades. However, it is crucial to realize that it is dangerous to operate these large vehicles even when they are moving slowly in a parade.

Audiences and pedestrians beware

This was not the first death to occur during the parade, unfortunately. One incident in 2019 involved the vehicular homicide of two bicyclists and the injury of seven pedestrians when a drunk driver in a pick-up truck tried to avoid traffic blocks away from a parade route by driving in a bike lane.

Fun not dangerous

The goal for every Mardi Gras is to have fun and be safe. Unfortunately, reckless actions by others can cause injuries or death during this most festive of times. Those injured during carnival may need the help of a personal attorney to get the compensation they need for injuries they suffered, time away from work and other expenses.