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Boy, 5, injured by float during annual Dade City Christmas night parade

DADE CITY — A 5-year-old boy was struck and injured by a float during Friday night's annual Magical Night Christmas Parade on Seventh Street, according to Dade City police.

"We're still trying to determine if the child was run over or just knocked down," said Dade City police Capt. David Duff. "We're still not sure."

But Duff said the child was speaking and seemed alert as he was being loaded into the ambulance. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa for treatment of unknown injuries. The accident took place at 7:50 p.m. The child was not identified by police and the accident is still under investigation.

In 2008, parade officials required floats in the Dade City parade to cover their wheels and asked participants to hand out candy instead of throwing it to the crowd. That was in response to the death of a 9-year-old boy during the 2007 Christmas parade in Plant City. Jordan Hays was run over and killed by a float while reaching for candy.

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Boy, 5, injured by float during annual Dade City Christmas night parade 12/02/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 2, 2011 11:38pm]
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