7-year-old boy dies after falling from 4th of July parade float

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WMAR) - A 7-year-old boy died Thursday night after falling off a parade float in Annapolis.

According to the Annapolis Police Department, officers responded to the scene at about 7:11 p.m. following a report of an accident along the parade route. The boy, identified of Kyle Aldridge of Baltimore, had been  struck by a trailer being pulled by a GMC van and was severely injured.  The trailer was carrying a motorcycle that performs wheelie simulations for a company called iWHEELiE.COM. 

Police said a preliminary investigation showed that the boy was sitting on the side of a single axle trailer being pulled by a GMC van, driven by his grandfather, Jason Hicks of Glen Burnie. At some point while the van was moving, While the van was in motion the boy got off the trailer, fell to the ground, and was struck by the tire of the trailer. He was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center where he died.

Initial information indicates that driver error, drug and/or alcohol was not a contributing factor in this accident. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or with additional information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Officer David Higgins at 410-268-9000.
Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen issued the following statement after meeting with the family last night.
"It's an unbelievably tragic accident," Cohen said. "Our entire community's thoughts and prayers are with the family."


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