Child Hit By Trailer at Mt. Juliet Christmas Parade

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. 

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.

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