MOUNT JULIET, TN (WSMV) – A 7-year-old has died after being struck by a trailer following the Mount Juliet Christmas Parade.
Police say the child fell from the trailer they were riding on and was struck as it was being towed by a 2014 Ford F150 through a parking lot behind Mt. Juliet Middle School at a low rate of speed following the parade.
Units are on-scene and handling a crash, behind MJ Middle School, involving a child pedestrian who was struck by a trailer as it was towed through the parking lot after completing the Christmas Parade. With any serious injury crash in our city, @THPNashville is investigating.— Mt. Juliet Police (@MtJulietPolice) December 14, 2019
Officers were made aware of the incident at around 12:20 p.m. They immediately called for medics and responded to the scene to help the injured child.
The 7-year-old child was taken to Vanderbilt with critical injuries where he later succumbed to his injuries.
A witness to the scene says the father of the young boy struck was driving the vehicle and the children around were traumatized from what they had witnessed.
A fundraiser page has been set up by a family friend. A candlelight vigil will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Mount Juliet Middle School in the boy's honor.
The department has learned of a community organized Candlelight Vigil this afternoon, & members of our department will be present & join the community as we shine a light for Rowan.For those who cannot come by a candle, there are many apps on smartphones for virtual candles. pic.twitter.com/stI0CEST2U— Mt. Juliet Police (@MtJulietPolice) December 15, 2019