Boy, 8, struck by parade float in Crystal Lake

Tribune reporter

The 8-year-old boy trapped under a moving float during a Crystal Lake holiday parade had to undergo surgery for a broken leg, but is expected to be OK, police said Saturday.

About 7:50 p.m. Friday, the boy's leg became caught in the wheel of a float he was riding on during the far northwest suburb's Festival of Lights parade, Crystal Lake police said in a news release.

The wheel broke the boy's femur, which required surgery Saturday, Police Cmdr. Daniel Dziewior, Jr. said. The boy was originally taken to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington but was transferred Friday night to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Dziewior said. Police said the boy had no other injuries and was expected to be OK.

The boy was riding on a float for the local chapter of Boy Scouts of America down North Williams Street between East Woodstock and Brink streets when he followed an adult who stepped off the float to hand out candy to spectators, Dziewior said.

The five or six remaining floats in the parade paused while paramedics tended to the boy and loaded him into an ambulance, he said.

"That’s always a huge concern of mine," Dziewior said of parade injuries. "After 27 years of parades we think we got it down so it's as safe as possible, but there are never any absolutes when you're talking about 50 or 60 parade entries and thousands of people crowding the streets."

Dziewior said the adult getting off the float to hand out candy was following recommendations from police not to throw candy from floats to avoid spectators getting trampled. | Twitter: @knthayer

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