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EDMOND, Okla.- An 8-year-old boy riding in a Fourth of July parade in central Oklahoma died Thursday after his father accidentally ran him over, authorities said.
The boy was riding on a martial arts group's float at LibertyFest in Edmond before he got down or fell from the vehicle at the end of the parade, Police Officer James Hamm said.
Part of the float - a truck and flatbed trailer with red, white and blue decorations that was loaded with hay bales - struck the child and knocked him to the ground, Hamm said. Edmond is just north of Oklahoma City.
The driver, obviously unknowing what was going on, drove forward and ran over the child," Hamm said.