Suspect identified in Mardi Gras crash
NEW ORLEANS — Authorities on Sunday identified the man accused of plowing into a crowd watching a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.
The New Orleans Police Department issued a statement identifying the man as Neilson Rizzuto, 25. He was being held at the city’s jail and faces charges of first-degree negligent vehicular injuring, hit-andrun driving causing serious injury and reckless operation of a vehicle.
Twenty-eight people were hurt in the accident that sent three people to the hospital with moderate to serious injuries, police said. There were no fatalities.
Police said a breath-alcohol test after the arrest determined that Rizzuto’s alcohol level was three times the legal limit.