Thursday, July 4, 2013
A boy riding in a Fourth of July parade in central Oklahoma died Thursday after a float ran him over, authorities said.
The boy was riding on a martial arts group's float at Edmond's LibertyFest before he got down or fell from the vehicle at the end of the parade, Police Officer James Hamm said.
The float - a truck and trailer full of hay bales - struck the child and knocked him to the ground, in Edmond, just north of Oklahoma City, Hamm said.
"The driver, obviously unknowing what was going on, drove forward and ran over the child," Hamm said.
The boy was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities didn't immediately release the names of the boy or the driver.
Hamm said the driver wasn't reckless and didn't violate any traffic laws.
"It's just a freak, unfortunate accident," he said.
Thousands of spectators typically line the parade route in Edmond, where bands, floats, antique cars and marching groups pass through, according to LibertyFest's website.