GoFundMe to help with legal costs launched for family of Raleigh Christmas parade DRIVER Landen Glass

The fundraiser aims to help Hailey Brooks' family with a 'nice funeral and also help Landen's family with lawyer costs'

GoFundMe to help with legal costs launched for family of Raleigh Christmas parade DRIVER Landen Glass
A GoFundMe has been created to help the families of Landen Christopher Glass and Hailey Brooks (Screenshot/WRAL video, Raleigh Police Department)
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TOLEDO, OHIO: A GoFundMe has been set up for the families of Landen Christopher Glass and Hailey Brooks after the tragic accident that killed the latter at the Raleigh Christmas parade. On Saturday, November 19, 11-year-old Brooks was killed by Glass, a 20-year-old truck driver, after he ran her over during the parade in North Carolina.

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The GoFundMe was created by Austin Ferrell, a local of Toledo, Ohio. Ferrell stated, "We thought this would help the family of the young girl with a nice funeral and also help Landen's family with lawyer cost[s]." A float in the Raleigh Christmas parade was reportedly out of control just before 10.15 am on Saturday, November 19, near the intersection of Boylan Avenue and Hillsborough Street, according to a previous report from CBS 17. Glass made an effort to drive his truck gently after the float generated a small commotion for nearby people and vehicles, but he accidentally hit Brooks, who ultimately died despite the medical professionals' efforts.

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In the GoFundMe description, Ferrell wrote, "Landen does not deserve to be slandered the way he is being on social media, the only reason this is getting the media coverage that it is, is simply because it was a parade and the truck was 'modified and something tragic happened." 

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Ferrell added, "If it happened on the highway it would barley [sic] get any air time. The media is trying to pin this on a person, when the fault should lay on nobody." He added that Glass should only be held accountable for having a gun during the parade.

Glass is currently being charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, using improper equipment, moving in an unsafe manner, and carrying a firearm during a parade. Arrest warrants state that Glass received a $4,000 secured bond. If he is released on bail, his court hearing is set for January 26.

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Ferrell stated on the GoFundMe, "We plan to split any and all donations between the 2 family and hold a peaceful rally in Raleigh North Carolina at 2838 Wake Forrest Rd on December 10th on behalf of how the media is slandering this kid and blaming his modded truck. But in the same aspect how many other people had a firearm there? More than what you probably think." If the $10,000 goal is not reached by December 10, the GoFundMe finishes with the words "anything helps bless you" and the promise that all donations would be refunded.

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