DADE CITY — No charges will be filed against the driver of a float that injured 5-year-old Francisco Montero during a Christmas parade Friday, authorities said.
Francisco's mother was on the HPH Hospice float during the annual Magical Night Christmas Parade on Seventh Street. Francisco, of Lutz, walked near the float and moved close to it to get more candy to pass out when the float stopped during a pause in the parade, authorities said. The driver, Timothy Ross of Dade City, did not see the boy by the float and pulled forward. Ross then looked in his side mirror and saw Francisco on the ground. The child had minor abrasions to his right side, but was taken to a hospital and released that night.
Dade City police Chief Ray Velboom said a tire might have hit the boy's foot, causing him to fall.
"It is still not known if the float's tires rolled on top of his side or if a tire just pinched him against the pavement," Velboom said in a written statement. He said the investigation is complete and "no charges are pending."