DAMASCUS, Va. - An elderly driver plowed into dozens of hikers marching in a Saturday parade in a small Virginia mountain town, and investigators were looking into whether he suffered a medical emergency before the accident.
About 50 to 60 people suffered injuries ranging from critical to superficial, but no fatalities were reported. Three of the worst injured were flown by helicopter to area hospitals. Another 12 to 15 victims were taken to hospitals by ambulance, and the rest were treated at the scene.
It happened around 2:10 p.m. during the Hikers Parade at the Trail Days festival, an annual celebration of the Appalachian Trail in Damascus, near the Tennessee state line about a half-hour drive east of Bristol.
Damascus Police Chief Bill Nunley didn't release the driver's name or age but said he was participating in the parade and he had traversed the Appalachian Trail in the past. The man's 1997 Cadillac was one of the last vehicles in the parade. - AP
MINEOLA, N.Y. - Authorities said Saturday night that a police officer's bullet killed a Hofstra University student during the response to a home invasion at an off-campus home.
Nassau County homicide squad Lt. John Azzata said that Andrea Rebello, 21, was killed by a police officer as she was being held in a headlock by a masked intruder. Azzata said the police officer opened fire as Dalton Smith made a motion to fire at the officers early Saturday morning.
Azzata said the officer fired eight shots, hitting Smith seven times and Rebello once in the head, killing her. Smith, of Hempstead, Long Island, had an extensive criminal history.
Azzata said that a warrant was issued for Smith on April 25 for absconding from parole related to a first-degree robbery conviction. The shooting cast a pall over the university as it geared up for commencement Sunday. - AP
NEW YORK - A gunman used homophobic slurs before firing a fatal shot point-blank into a man's face on a Manhattan street alive with a weekend midnight crowd, a killing New York's police commissioner called an antigay hate crime.
Before opening fire early Saturday, the gunman confronted the victim and his companion in Greenwich Village and asked if they "want to die here," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. The violence follows a series of recent bias attacks on gay men in New York, but this was the first deadly one.