published Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Boy fatally run over at Oklahoma July 4th parade

EDMOND, Okla. — Authorities say an 8-year-old boy has died after he was run over by a float at the end of a Fourth of July parade in central Oklahoma.

Edmond Police Officer James Hamm says the boy was riding on a martial arts group’s float at the city’s LibertyFest parade on Thursday morning. Hamm says the boy fell or got down from the float at the end of the parade and was struck by the same vehicle.

Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe says the boy’s father was driving the float.

Hamm says the incident was an unfortunate, freak accident.

Edmond is just north of Oklahoma City.

Thousands of spectators typically line the parade route as bands, floats, antique cars and marching groups pass by.

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