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Fourth of July Accident Claims 8-Year-Old's Life at Oklahoma Parade

July 5, 2013

A freak Fourth of July accident claimed an 8-year-old boy's life in Oklahoma Thursday after his father accidentally ran him over during a parade.

The boy was riding on a martial arts group's float at LibertyFest in Edmond, Ok., before he got down or fell from the vehicle at the end of the parade.

Part of the float - a truck and flatbed trailer with red, white and blue decorations and loaded with hay bales - struck the child and knocked him to the ground.

"The driver, obviously unknowing what was going on, drove forward and ran over the child," Police Officer James Hamm said after the tragedy.

"Many of the kids that saw it knew the child as well."

The boy was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police didn't immediately release his or his father's names; the father is not expected to face charges.

Hamm said the man was not reckless and did not violate any traffic laws.

"It's just a freak, unfortunate accident," the law enforcement officer said.

Thousands of spectators typically line the parade route in Edmond, where bands, floats, antique cars and marching groups pass by, according to the LibertyFest website.

No one returned a phone call left Thursday for festival organizers.

Edmond is just north of Oklahoma City.

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