In a tragic Fourth of July accident a seven year old boy was killed when a trailer being driven by his father ran him over.
The horrific accident occurred late on Thursday morning during the 40 th annual Fourth of July parade in the streets of Edmond, Oklahoma. The boy was on a martial-arts themed flat-bed trailer along with another 20 kids.
Jenny Monroe, a spokesperson for the Edmond Police said that at around 11am the young boy, “either jumped or fell off” of a the trailer being driven by his father. The father and a nurse immediately rushed to help the child and performed CPR on him.
The boy was then put into an ambulance on a stretcher but was later pronounced dead some time after arriving at the UC Presbyterian Hospital. The police do not suspect any foul play and have said the incident was a “Horrific” and “Unfortunate accident”. They said in a statement:
“Our thoughts today for the family of a 7 yr old boy killed in a float accident at the end of the LibertyFest parade.”
This short video clip shows the boy being carried on a stretcher to the ambulance:
The LibertyFest parade runs for a week, annually, ending on the fourth of July and attracts crowds of more than 50,000 spectators and participants.
Unfortunately, the accident in Oklahoma this Fourth of July isn’t the only fatal tragedy of the day. In Maine, a tractor driver was instantly killed when a fire truck collided with him at the Bangor-Brewer parade.
That incident is being investigated by authorities including an evidence response team and the local, criminal investigations division.