Car hits New Or­leans crowd, in­jures 28

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NEW OR­LEANS — A ve­hi­cle plowed into a crowd watch­ing the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City neigh­bor­hood of New Or­leans on Satur­day night, in­jur­ing 28 peo­ple, po­lice said.

Po­lice Chief Michael Har­ri­son said a sus­pect was in cus­tody and be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated. Har­ri­son was asked twice by the me­dia if ter­ror­ism was sus­pected. While he didn’t say “no,” he did say the case ap­peared to be re­lated to drunken driv­ing.

“We sus­pect that that sub­ject was highly in­tox­i­cated,” he said.

Twenty-one peo­ple were hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter the crash, five of whom were in guarded con­di­tion. Seven other vic­tims de­clined to be hos­pi­tal­ized, said Jeff Selder, the city’s emer­gency ser­vices di­rec­tor.

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

AP/The News Dis­patch/GABRIELLE GONZALEZ

Maria Ashe and her chil­dren Roland and Sa­mara par­tic­i­pate in a health screen­ing Fri­day dur­ing Fam­ily Fun Health Night held at Nie­mann El­e­men­tary School in Michi­gan City, Ind.

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