Boy dies after Edmond LibertyFest parade

The boy had been riding on a float when he jumped or fell and was run over by one of its wheels.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Modified: July 4, 2013 at 7:44 pm •  Published: July 4, 2013

An 8-year-old boy was killed Thursday morning after he was run over by a float he had been riding as it was headed back to a staging area after the LibertyFest parade.

Edmond police spokeswoman Jennifer Monroe said the boy either fell or jumped off the float and was run over by one of its wheels about 11 a.m. near Ayers Street and Bauman Avenue. The staging area for floats was on the northeastern edge of the University of Central Oklahoma's campus.

He was taken to OU Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

A nurse who happened to be nearby performed CPR on him before he was taken to the hospital. His name has not been released by police pending the conclusion of the investigation, Monroe said.

Wetumka-born retired NASA astronaut John B. Herrington — this year's parade grand marshal — sent out a statement after the incident.

“My family and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family who lost their child during today's parade ... I was honored to be part of an event that brings together such a close-knit, caring community. As Oklahomans, we care deeply for our friends and neighbors and share in their grief when tragedy strikes. As we celebrate our nation's independence, please take the time to hold this family in your prayers. Also, we give our heartfelt thanks to the first responders who always look after our communities,” Herrington wrote.


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