EDMOND — The grand marshal of the 2013 LibertyFest Parade asked Oklahomans to keep a local family in their prayers. An 8-year-old boy who was riding on a float in the LibertyFest Parade Thursday morning died from injuries suffered after a fall from the float.
Commander John B. Herrington and his wife Margo led the parade's kickoff Thursday morning in downtown Edmond. Herrington, a former NASA astronaut, was the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space.
"My family and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family who lost their child during today’s parade. As the grand marshal for the Edmond LibertyFest 2013 Parade, I was honored to be part of an event that brings together such a close-knit, caring community," Herrington said in a statement issued Thursday afternoon. "As Oklahomans, we care deeply for our friends and neighbors and share in their grief when tragedy strikes. As we celebrate our nation’s independence, please take the time to hold this family in your prayers. Also, we give our heartfelt thanks to the first responders who always look after our communities."
Edmond Police Officer James Hamm said the boy, who was age 8, was pronounced dead after life-saving efforts at the OU Medical Center Presbyterian Tower trauma center. Information about the boy's hometown was not immediately available, Hamm said.
"Our hearts go out to the boy's family, friends and all those who were involved," Hamm said Thursday morning.
The boy was riding on a martial arts studio's entry consisting of a pickup and a flatbed trailer, Hamm said. It was in a line of entries near Ayers and Baumann, approaching the route exit, when the boy either got off or fell off the trailer, which rolled over him, Hamm said.