Parades in Florida – Floats and Trailers Cause Injuries and Deaths


Cities like Jacksonville, Florida have parades to celebrate holidays and special occasions. Parades are filled with crowds of adults and children there to have fun. Unfortunately, parades have been the location of several serious injuries and deaths to children. Whether riding on a float, walking in the parade, or just among the crowd, children have fallen victim to these unfortunate incidents.

In December 2007, a 9 year old boy died when his leg his leg somehow got tangled up in the vehicles wheel well. He was pulled under the float, run over and later pronounced dead at the hospital. “It is a tragedy that is beyond words,” said Plant City Police Chief Bill McDaniel. “This is a night of fun and celebration for the holidays and this night ended as tragically as it possibly could.

A 7-year-old boy was in stable condition Saturday after he was injured in a Chirstmas parade, according to a hospital official.
Jacob Johns was riding on the St. Johns County Parks & Recreation Department float when his dangling feet got caught in the tires, pulling him down. The float drove over the boy’s abdomen. He was taken to Shands Jacksonville hospital for treatment.

A nurse and rescue worker who were watching the procession in St. Augustine cared for the boy until crews arrived, The Florida Times-Union reported.

One year prior in December 2006, a 9 year old girl died in a parade in Louisiana.

Safety should be the primary consideration when putting a child on a float or trailer. In addition, safety precautions should be taken for those children walking in parades as well. Enjoy a good parade and make sure that your children and others are kept out of harm’s way.

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