Girl, 11, killed by out-of-control truck while performing with dance troupe at North Carolina parade

PICTURED: Girl, 11, killed by out-of-control truck while performing with her dance troupe at North Carolina Christmas parade as it’s revealed driver was previously ticketed for not maintaining his truck

  • Hailey Brooks died after a pickup truck pulling a parade float in Raleigh lost its brakes and began to accelerate into her dance troupe
  • The driver of the truck, 20-year-old Landen Christopher Glass, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, among other charges
  • It was revealed that Glass has a history of negligent car ownership, with his record showing a litany of citations for failing to have his truck inspected
  • Brooks was taken to a hospital after she was struck, but later declared dead 

An eleven-year-old girl was killed by an out of control truck while performing at a North Carolina Christmas parade on Saturday.

Hailey Brooks died after a pickup truck pulling a parade float in Raleigh lost its brakes and began to accelerate into her dance troupe.

The driver of the truck, 20-year-old Landen Christopher Glass, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, improper equipment, unsafe movement, carelessness and recklessness, and carrying a firearm in a parade.

Shortly after the incident it was revealed that Glass had a long history of negligence with his truck, including four citations for failing to have the GMC Denali inspected – one as recently as October 30.

Other violations on his record included not having marker lights and having improper exhaust systems, according to WRAL, though it is unclear whether those were attributed with the pickup he was driving at the parade.

He also had violations on his record dating to 2021 for ‘no inspection, tint violations, improper equipment and speeding.’ 

Hailey Brooks died after a pickup truck pulling a parade float in Raleigh lost its brakes and began to accelerate into her dance troupe

Hailey Brooks died after a pickup truck pulling a parade float in Raleigh lost its brakes and began to accelerate into her dance troupe

The driver of the truck, 20-year-old Landen Christopher Glass, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, improper equipment, unsafe movement, carelessness and recklessness, and carrying a firearm in a parade

The driver of the truck, 20-year-old Landen Christopher Glass, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, improper equipment, unsafe movement, carelessness and recklessness, and carrying a firearm in a parade

Parade goers were seen grabbing onto the truck as they attempted to slow it down. It was eventually stopped

Parade goers were seen grabbing onto the truck as they attempted to slow it down. It was eventually stopped

Terrifying footage from the Raleigh parade showed a crowd of young dancers fleeing as the massive white pickup truck bore down on them.

The truck could be heard blaring its horn in warning, and witnesses said Glass was yelling that his brakes had failed as he tried to navigate through the crowd.

During the chaos Brooks was struck and parade goers attempted to help her. 

‘All of a sudden we looked up and saw a truck on the other side of the road kind of coming towards us,’ witness Worth Creech told WRAL.

‘They were able to get most of the girls out of the way. Unfortunately, we saw one of the girls get run over.’

Brooks was taken to a nearby hospital where she was declared dead.

Witnesses said the truck was on decline when the mechanical failure occurred, and that the weight of the float behind it seemed to exacerbate the situation

Witnesses said the truck was on decline when the mechanical failure occurred, and that the weight of the float behind it seemed to exacerbate the situation

Parade goers were seen grabbing onto the truck as they attempted to slow it down. It was eventually stopped.

Witnesses said the truck was on decline when the mechanical failure occurred, and that the weight of the float behind it seemed to exacerbate the situation. 

Glass had been pulling the float for the CC & Company Dance Complex that Brooks was performing with.

According to WRAL, posts on Glass’ social media suggest he had been associated with the dance company since 2018.

Despite his record of negligent car ownership, Glass told police he ‘works on safety systems of cars,’ according to his arrest warrant.

Glass was released on Bond and is due in court on January 26.  

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