A vehicle parade went on a 28-mile round trip throughout Cape Coral on Sunday, not only to show support for President Donald Trump, but to raise donations for the Cape Coral Caring Center.
The parade had no issues, except an incident involving a truck decked out in anti-Trump and pro-Biden decorations, and a Trump supporter.
Trump Train Vehicle Parade Cape Coral drove a round trip of 28 miles with one incident involving a Trump supporter and a truck decorated with anti-Trump, pro-Biden vehicle wrap on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. (Photo: Courtesy of Trump Train Vehicle Parade Cape Coral)
Korry Taberner, of Cape Coral, and Russel Costanzo organized the parade, which had a Facebook event page called ‘Trump Train Vehicle Parade Cape Coral’.
Taberner, also known as DJ Tabs, said he got the idea for a vehicle parade because he had seen boat parades but not many with vehicles.
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“I wanted to get awareness out to all the voters and Trump supporters to show Cape Coral is for Trump,” Taberner said.
The parade added the donation aspect when Scott Robertson, a man interested in the event, reached out to Taberner, saying he saw parades in New York also taking up food donations.
Taberner told Robertson that he would love to help the community and the two worked together to make it happen.
During the parade, they made three stops to collect nonperishable food donations, which filled three, 6-to-8-foot truck beds, Taberner said.
Wendy Wootton, operations manager at the Cape Coral Caring Center, said the parade donated 3,790 pounds of food and $320 in monetary donations.
Taberner estimated 7,000 to 8,000 vehicles and almost twice as many people participated in the parade.
Cape Coral police could not confirm the amount of participants in the parade.
“People were along the roadway cheering, waving flags and signs; there were people waving from their houses; there were people all over the place,” Taberner said.
Overall, the parade went well, with only one issue.
“Unfortunately, there was a supporter hit, but there was only one problem from a Biden supporter who went up and down the Trump rally four times on Del Prado,” Taberner said.
According to a Cape Coral police Incident report, a pedestrian was taken to a hospital after being struck by a pickup while participating in the Trump parade.
Police responded at 3:56 p.m. Sunday to the 1600 block of Del Prado Boulevard South for a report of a hit-and-run. Witnesses said they obtained the Florida license plate number of a Toyota Tundra that struck the male, the incident report states.
Police reported the pedestrian at the scene said he was struck by the truck and had knee pain. The pedestrian was taken to Cape Coral emergency room by medics.
The identity of the pedestrian and the driver of the truck were redacted from the police report.
An officer spoke with the pedestrian while at the hospital, but the officer was unable to conduct the interview due to the pedestrian being under the influence of alcohol, as well as medication given during his care, the report states.
Police reported they checked the license plate number and spoke to the truck driver at the driver’s home. The driver told police they were driving on Del Prado Boulevard South because they wanted to drive past the Trump rally.
While stopped at a red light, the driver said, about 20 Trump supporters surrounded the truck, waving flags and chanting “four more years,” the report states.
The light turned green, but the driver was unable to move and feared for his safety. The driver took their foot off the break and rolled forward without hitting the gas.
The driver said the male pedestrian stood in front of the truck and pushed his chest against the grill. The male fell to the driver’s side and the driver drove away, the report states.
The driver told police they did not think the male was struck, but that he was throwing himself to the side of the truck.
Police spoke with a witness who provided two video recordings of the incident. In those videos, police could see one person standing in front of the truck. That person took a few steps back as the truck rolled forward and fell to the ground, the report states.
Police stated in the report that they could not determine whether a crime was committed and that further investigation would need to be conducted.
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