The driver accused of crashing his vehicle into an Endymion parade crowd, injuring 32 people and sending 23 to the hospital, appeared Sunday before a judge in magistrate court. Neilson Rizzuto, 25, has been charged with first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, hit and run driving and reckless operation of a vehicle.
His bond was set at $125,000. The judge also said that if Rizzuto posts bail, he will be required to wear an ankle monitor and stay on house arrest. In addition, he will also be barred from driving..
Reports now say one of the victims hurt in the incident has been identified as Shaunice Williams. She suffered a lacerated liver and internal injuries and was reported in critical condition.
Another victim has been identified as Lt. Michelle Woodfork with the New Orleans Police Department. She suffered injuries to her right leg/knee in addition to injuries to her right shoulder area. Woodfork is listed in stable condition.
The magistrate judge said if more charges are added Rizzuto's bond would likely increase and that could mean a longer sentence.