Neilson Rizzuto a 25 year old New Orleans bouncer has been identified as the individual who injured 28 Mardi Gras revelers, including five critically, when he drunkenly plowed a pick up truck into a crowd of party goers Saturday night at Endymion. Several people were reportedly pinned underneath the pickup truck after the accident.
Injuries ran the gamut from minor bruises to serious head trauma, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services Director Dr. Jeffrey Elder told The Times-Picayune. The 25-year-old driver, whose alcohol blood content was almost three times the legal limit is accused of plowing into crowds at Orleans and S.Carrollton, sending 23 people to hospitals in the area.
Upon his arrest, Neilson Rizzuto was charged with two counts of vehicular negligent injuring, one count of 'hit and run driving causing death or serious injury' and one count of reckless operation of a motor vehicle.
His bond was set Sunday at $125,000, but that is expected to increase with the addition of 22 more counts of vehicular negligent injuring.
It's too soon to discuss whether new safety rules will be established after a man accused of... Rizzuto would also be required to wear an ankle monitor and forbidden from driving, Blackburn said.
Everyone send some prayers up tonightVehicle rammed Endymion Parade Crowd in New Orleans.
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"He was just kind of out of it", she said.
'Twenty-one people were taken to hospitals for treatment after the crash, and seven others who were hurt declined to be transported to a hospital, Elder said.
Rizzuto, a bouncer at a local daiquiri shop, graduated from high school in Ponchatoula, where he used to live.
Online jail records showed Rizzuto was arrested on a number of charges and was being held at the city's jail.
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He was sued by the university for not paying about $740 in credits he had signed up to take. "He's running through the crowd, running through people like nobody's there".