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Boy injured in Dade City Christmas parade released from hospital

DADE CITY — A 5-year-old boy struck by a parade float Friday night was released from the hospital after suffering injuries to his leg, Dade City police Chief Ray Velboom said.

The unidentified boy was walking alongside a float in the annual Magical Night Christmas Parade on Seventh Street when he was struck, he said. The boy was part of the group with the float, Velboom said. It was not immediately clear how the boy was struck, but he did not have any broken bones.

Velboom said police will sit down next week with the Dade City Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the annual parade, to review the incident and determine if any safety changes are needed.

Friday's incident was the second time in five years that a child has been struck in a parade in the Tampa Bay area.

In 2007, 9-year-old Jordan Hays was run over and killed by a float as he reached for candy to throw to the crowd during the Plant City Christmas Parade.

The boy's foot was caught by one of the float's wheels, and he was dragged underneath.

In response, the city formed a task force to consider banning beads and candy, prohibiting vehicles with protruding wheels and regulating vendors along the route.

Vehicles with protruding wheels were banned, but parade organizers decided to continue distributing candy and beads.

Boy injured in Dade City Christmas parade released from hospital 12/03/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 3, 2011 10:23pm]
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