Friday, May 17, 2013
Update: Parade Walker Killed At Alaska Pridefest Parade
The Alaska Gay Pridefest has been going on all week long, but it took a turn for the worst on 6th Avenue Saturday morning. It’s where the weekend parade began, and one man’s life ended.
Shortly after 11:15 a.m. the downtown festival turned to tragedy.
The Celebrate Diversity Parade at Alaska’s Gay Pridefest 2011 came to a halt Saturday morning, after James L. Crump, a 50-year old Anchorage resident, was struck and killed by a car.
"The vehicle that struck him was the Grand Marshal's vehicle, and as I understand it, he was walking in the parade, he was part of the parade, as well,” said Lt. Dave Parker, Anchorage Police Department.
Parker said Crump was holding a banner and getting ready to march in front of the vehicle, a 1971 Triumph Stag convertible, carrying the Grand Master of the Pridefest Parade, Doug Frank.
As the parade prepared to kick off near the corner of 6th Avenue and E Street, police said Edith Bailey, a 70-year old resident from Eagle River, lost control of the Grand Marshal’s vehicle.
"Apparently she was told to slow down and instead of hitting the brakes to slow it down apparently her foot went on the accelerator and the rest was a blur," said Nick Pestrikoff Jr., an onlooker at the parade.
"When the vehicle struck him it apparently went over him and drug him somewhat on the pavement,” said Parker.
Police declared Crump dead at the scene after failed attempts to resuscitate him using CPR. The said he died as a result of head injuries.
"Obviously it's still hit the community hard and it's something that, there's going to be, I can only imagine, an extra degree of caution next year for this," said Ryan Lawton, a parade participant.
Crump was a Registered Nurse who worked for the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services.
Police say 6th Avenue was closed for nearly 2 hours so APD Traffic Collision Investigators could conduct their scene investigation. Pridefest organizers and participants moved to the Delaney Parkstrip, looking for solace after the morning tragedy.
This is an ongoing investigation; KTVA-CBS 11 will update you as the information becomes available.