GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — It was five years ago today, Feb. 28, 2017, when a dozen members of the Gulf Shores High School Marching Band were hit by an SUV in the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras day parade.
The SUV was driven by a member of the Military Officers Association of America who said he mistook the gas pedal for the brake and was later cleared by a grand jury of any wrongdoing. The man was 73-years-old at the time.
Four of the teenagers were critically injured and one was flown to a hospital in Mobile, Ala.
In 2017, a witness, who was also a nurse, told the New York Times that it was the worst thing she had ever seen.
Since the crash, several families have filed lawsuits claiming negligence.