RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – A man in Ohio is organizing a GoFundMe campaign for the driver who hit and killed an 11-year-old girl at Raleigh’s Christmas parade last weekend.
According to the fundraiser, Austin Ferrell of Toldeo, Ohio, started GoFundMe because “we thought this would help the young girl’s family have a nice funeral and also help the Landens family with legal fees[s].”
Just before 10:15 a.m. Saturday, a driver of the Raleigh Christmas parade lost control of his vehicle near the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Boylan Avenue, CBS 17 previously reported. The vehicle then drove at low speed and struck an 11-year-old girl, who later died after medical personnel performed life-saving operations.
The pickup truck driver who ran over the young girl at the parade has been identified as Landon C. Glass, 20, of Goode, Virginia, the Raleigh Police Department previously said.
“Landen doesn’t deserve to be slandered for the way he behaves on social media. The only reason this gets such media attention is simply because it was a parade and the truck was ‘modified’ and something tragic happened.” Ferrell said in the GoFundMe description. “If it happened on the freeway, it wouldn’t get much airtime. The media is trying to pin this on one person, when no one should be to blame.”
Ferrell went on to say that the only charge Goode should face was possession of a firearm during the parade.
Glass is currently being charged with:
- misdemeanor death by motor vehicle;
- Careless and reckless driving;
- improper equipment;
- unsteady movement;
- Carrying a firearm in a parade.
Search warrants mention improper brakes, insufficient to control the truck’s movement, and improper equipment to stop the vehicle or brakes without at least one service brake being maintained in good condition.
The court documents also said Glass told them he worked on car safety systems.
Glass was issued $4,000 in secured bail, according to the warrant.
If he did pledge, his court date would be January 26.
“We plan to split all donations between the two families and hold a peaceful rally in Raleigh, North Carolina at 2838 Wake Forrest Rd on December 10th to show how the media is vilifying this child and blaming his modified truck ” Ferrell continues the GoFundMe. “But how many other people had guns there? More than you probably think.”
GoFundMe concludes by saying that if the $10,000 goal is not met by December 10th, all funds will be refunded and “everything helps bless you.”
Chloe Rafferty, Kathryn Hubbard, Hayley Fixler, and Mariah Ellis contributed to this article.
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