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Overton continues investigation into what happened at parade Monday

Police say the 83 year old driver was on his way back home to Troup before the accident happened. Charles Lacy George was arraigned this morning in Rusk County for reckless driving. He's back home tonight after posting $500 bond. But, there were still several unanswered questions about Monday night's events. We sent KLTV 7's Layron Livingston back to Overton today for some answers as the investigation continues.

Tuesday, Highway 135 in Overton was quiet and somewhat back to normal. Last night, the scene was much different. No one could have expected what happened.

"I don't think that there's anything the city could have done differently," said Blake Thompson, the Overton city attorney.

The accident is still under investigation, but authorities told us today that there was a staging area where the scouts were getting ready to march in the parade. Before they had the chance, Charles George came around a barricade on Commerce Street and made his way up, allegedly with his headlights still off. The spray paint on the highway still marks where the truck came to a stop after running through the group of boys.  

The arrest affidavit reports he never hit his brakes and never saw the kids. Rusk County Precinct One Justice of the Peace Jerdy Wolverton was working the parade.

"I walked over to the gentleman in the truck and asked him to turn the truck off," said Wolverton.

Several people rushed to the street. Officials say most were parents who were asked to step back. The entire 6 member Overton Police Force was on duty. Thompson says barricades were in place, but he says police were not stationed at every spot.

"There was a lot of people out there...there are lots of witnesses, so it's probably going to take some time to ascertain where he was coming from."

It was an unfortunate accident, but Lieutenant Cassandra Shaw says it appears unintentional.

"I do not believe he was trying to hurt anyone...he's just an elderly gentleman who shouldn't be driving," said Shaw.

City officials say at this time, the parade hasn't been rescheduled. As a condition of Mr. George's bond, his license was taken away. There's a possibilty his charges could increase depending on the condition of the two cub scouts still hospitalized in Dallas.

Layron Livingston, reporting. llivingston@kltv.com

 

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