Boy Dies in Horrific 4th of July Parade Accident

4th of july paradePlease, all of you -- be careful out there! I just heard some tragic news: An Oklahoma boy died at a 4th of July parade. According to police, he was riding on a martial arts group's float at Edmond's LibertyFest. At some point he either fell or jumped off. Then the truck and trailer, which was loaded with bales of hay, struck him. Unfortunately, the driver couldn't see the boy and ran over him. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police Officer James Hamm says the driver was not being reckless or violating laws. "It's just a freak, unfortunate accident." I'm sure that's cold comfort for the boy's parents and loved ones, though. The 4th of July will never be the same for them.

Apparently the boy was about seven or eight years old. Beyond that, we don't know anything else about him -- his name has not been released. That age range is tricky. Kids are old enough to move about independently. They are not going to ride a float holding your hand the whole time. But they're still young enough to be impulsive and misjudge the safety of a situation.

It makes me wonder what the float itself looked like if it was that easy for the boy to jump or fall off. Were there no barriers around it? That wouldn't be surprising in a local parade. But if you've got children riding, I think there should be some kind of railing or protection -- even for sensible, older kids. The truck could break suddenly, causing people to lose their balance.

But we don't know anything about the float or the circumstances of the accident. And shoulda-woulda-couldas come cheap after an accident like this. Most of all, I feel for the boy's family -- my heart breaks for their loss.

Do you feel most parade floats are safe enough for kids to ride?


Image via Bob n' Renee/Flickr

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Sleep... SleepingBeautee

This happened at a 4th of July parade I was at as a kid. I still can't go to one without worrying about it happening again. So scary and sad.

sylph... sylph_ironlight

A friend of mine and her two year old fell off of a float at Christmas. Complete freak accident, the little girl turned to wave to someone when they went over a bump and off they went. Luckily they were ok (scrapes and bruises only), but it doesn't take much.

What a horrible accident. Thoughts are with the family :(

amber... amberdotsmom

I'm sorry to add that news sites are reporting it's the boys father who was driving the float that ran over him.  I can't even imagine.



kckcm2 kckcm2

Oh Jeebus, so sad. Poor guy, poor family, poor dad if Amberdotsmom is right

nonmember avatar Baltimoremom

Sadly, the same thing happened in Annapolis today. Also, a seven year old. Unbelievably sad.

AJ-47 AJ-47

That is awful. That poor kiddo..and his family, too.

kharm... kharmony755

Thats so very sad. As a kid my grandma got me in floats in many parades but fortunately I never encountered ir even witnessed anything so horrific. Really makes me think bout what could happen and if id allow my own children participate in a parade but come to think about what if it were someone just watching the parade. Should parades be band. Of course not a very tragic accident. Precautions should be taken to avoid such mishaps definitely but can't hide from life. Its not anyones fault and just hope the family can overcome such a grievous event. Don't know if I could and they'll be in my prayers tonight. Soooo sorrrry..... May they find peace in the lord....

nonmember avatar steven tobin

"Break" is not the word here, "Brake" is the word you are looking for.

Pixie030 Pixie030

Yes, this was the first news I heard while getting my own two boys ready for Fourth of July fun with their cousins and grandparents.. and yes news here (Oklahoma) had first only reported the 6 yr old boy to be unresponsive.. and later telling the rest of the story.. it was the boy's father who was driving the float, this happened right after the parade was over and the float was only going 10 mph.. just a horrible accident.. and as I get to put my babies to bed another night I am giving them an extra hug tonight.. I have learned many times over to not take anything you have for granted.

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