The injury accident occurred at around 6:40 p.m. local time in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans. A crowd of people were watching the Mardi Gras parade floats roll by when they were struck by a car.
KPRC2 reports that 21 pedestrians were hospitalized with injuries in the collision. Seven people were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Thankfully, there were no fatalities. Three victims remain hospitalized with moderate to serious injuries.
The driver, 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto, had a blood alcohol content of .232 — nearly three times the legal limit. According to KPRC2, Rizzuto faces a litany of charges, including first-degree negligent vehicular injuring, hit-and-run driving causing serious injury, and reckless operation of a vehicle.
The following information regarding impaired driving is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):