Drunk driver faces almost two dozen more charges in Endymion parade crash

Posted March 02, 2017

A drunken driver crashed into another vehicle before ploughing into a Mardi Gras parade crowd in New Orleans on Saturday, injuring almost 30 people, reports Phil Helsel for NBC News. Several people were pinned underneath the dump truck in the aftermath of the crash. The whole case is now under investigation by the New Orleans Police Department.

NOPD said Rizzuoto's blood-alcohol level was.232 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, when he crashed his truck into the crowd, injuring 28 people and sending 21 of them to the hospital. Seven others declined to be hospitalized, city Emergency Services Director, Dr. Jeff Elder said. The 25-year-old is facing 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.

And those new charges - 22 additional counts of vehicular negilent injuring, with 10 of those in the first degree - were indeed doled out Monday.

Should Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office accept the felony charges, or others, Rizutto's case will be allotted to Criminal District Judge Benedict Willard.

Pictured, Neilson Rizzuto police booking photo.

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It was uncertain Tuesday whether the family of Rizzuto, who is being housed in a low-security cell block in the Orleans Justice Center, would make bond.

During a parade of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, an extremely drunk person drove his truck into a crowd of people who were enjoying themselves in one of the most known festivals in the whole world.

The victims range in age from as young as 3 or 4-years-old to adults in their 30s and 40s, said Elder.

Harrison says that 21 people were hospitalized after the crash with five victims in guarded condition. His father says Rizzuto graduated from Ponchatoula High School and has been working odd jobs since leaving the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Photographer Scott Threlkeld was standing on a 5-foot ladder near the corner of Orleans and ... Neilson Rizzuto, 25, was identified Sunday as the suspect in the rampage.