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Pedestrian struck, killed by car carrying grand marshal at Anchorage pride

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Gay pride in Anchorage on Saturday turned somber just a the event began, when the convertible carrying the grand marshal struck and killed a pedestrian marching in the parade.

Police identified the victim as 50-year-old James L. Crump of Anchorage. Crump worked as a registered nurse for the city’s Health and Human Services department and was walking in the annual parade, police said.

Police said the driver was Edith Bailey, 70, of Eagle River.

Grand Marshal Doug Frank said he was riding in the black convertible on Sixth Avenue near D Street when Bailey had trouble with the car’s accelerator. It lurched forward, Frank said.

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“It’s a pure accident,” Frank said. “(The driver) just panicked and kept hitting the accelerator and it kept jumping forward.”

Crump was dragged underneath the car, Frank said.

Police tried unsuccessfully to revive the unidentified victim, according to reports.

The parade was canceled immediately following the incident.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. Sad

    Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 12:58pm
  2. oh no…

    Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 1:00pm
  3. D: That’s awful!

    Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 1:02pm
  4. tragic :(

    Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 1:04pm
  5. This is horrible. My thoughts go for his family.

    Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 1:06pm
  6. Who the eff “likes” something like this?
    Meh.

    Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 1:08pm
  7. :(

    Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 1:10pm
  8. =O

    Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 1:14pm
  9. </3

    Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 1:17pm
  10. Prayers to all involved.

    Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 1:53pm
  11. That’s awful…

    Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 2:11pm
  12. Bent Alaska (Alaska’s LGBTQ blog) has a story where some family members have also commented. Please feel welcome to visit and add your words of comfort to our community.

    Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 9:36am
  13. This is a plot against the LGBTQ community

    Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 5:25pm
  14. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:57pm