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Suspect in Mardi Gras parade crash expected to face at least 19 more charges

The 25-year-old drunken driver who suspected driving into a crowd at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans Saturday, at least injuring 28 people, expected to face 19 additional charges, prosecutors told the magistrate on Sunday evening.

Neilson Rizzuot, the suspect, already has been charged with two counts of first-degree negligent vehicular injuring, one count of hit-and-run driving which causing serious injury, and another of reckless operation of a vehicle connection with the Saturday night accident, officials said.

Rizzuot found having a blood-alcohol level of .232, above the legal limit, said police.

Police talk to a man sitting in a car that was struck by a pickup truck, that slammed into a crowd and other vehicles, causing multiple injuries, during the Krewe of Endymion parade in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

At Rizzuto’s first appearance on Sunday evening in front of a magistrate, the magistrate set his bail for the four charges in total of $125,000. He will be under house arrest and wear an ankle monitor, if he makes bond, the magistrate said.

The driver Rizzuto was represented by a public defender.

The 28 victims ranged in age from as young as 3 or 4 years old to adults in their 30s and 40s, Dr. Jeff Elder, the city’s emergency services director, told The Associated Press. Authorities said, a police officer was among the injured.

According to police, the victims remain hospitalized.

PHOTO: Police stand next to a pickup truck that slammed into a crowd and other vehicles, causing multiple injuries, coming to a stop against a dump truck, during the Krewe of Endymion parade in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

Police stand next to a pickup truck which causing the incident that slammed into a crowd and another vehicles.

The incident occurred around 6:40 p.m. during the busiest nights of Mardi Gras, and at a time when New Orleans seen an influx of tourists, eager to celebrate the holiday in the city.

ABC News’ Dean Schabner and David Caplan contributed to this report.

Source: abcnews.go

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