Driver accused in Mardi Gras parade crash pleads not guilty
Posted April 13
NEW ORLEANS — The suspect in an accident that injured dozens of people watching a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts against him.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/2o7llaL ) 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto entered the pleas Wednesday to 27 separate counts, including hit-and-run driving resulting in death or serious injury, first-degree vehicular negligent injuring and vehicular negligent injuring.
Police say Rizzuto was legally drunk when he slammed his truck into a crowd watching the Feb. 25 Endymion parade. Rizzuto's arrest warrant says he had a blood-alcohol content of .232 nearly two hours after the crash, which is nearly three times the state's legal limit of .08.
Rizzuto is being held on a $404,000 bond.