December 17, 2011 – Parkersburg, W.Va. – Riley Oblisk, 6, was injured in the annual Christmas parade when she fell off of the float she was riding on Saturday, December 10.
WTAP My 5 Fox News reports that Riley fell from the float and was run over by one of the wheels of the flatbed truck hauling the float. She was rushed to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus in stable condition with multiple fractures to her pelvis. She’s now at home recovering but still cannot put weight on her right leg.
How Riley ended up under the truck’s wheel is in a bit of dispute. Initial reports claim she jumped from the float to hand candy to a group of children on the side of the parade route. Her grandfather, Bob Cameron, claims she slipped and fell from the float.
In response, Mayor David Nohe announced he will review the city policies on parades, considering requiring candy distributors to walk alongside floats rather than on them. The organizers of the Belpre’s Holiday Lights Parade are already making plans to ramp-up safety practices for next year’s event. They saw numerous violations of their “no throwing candy” policy that could’ve also posed a safety risk.
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