The holiday season is a time for all types of public celebrations across Illinois. There are Christmas tree lightings, nativity scenes and plays, and choral performances of all kinds. Another common event which takes place across the state is the holiday parade, which brings together thousands of people from nearby communities to commemorate the spirit of the season. But one such parade late last month included a horrific incident.
It happened on the day after Thanksgiving during the Festival of Lights Parade in the McHenry County city of Crystal Lake about 40 miles northwest of Chicago. One of the entries in the parade represented a local Boy Scouts organization, and it consisted of a pickup truck pulling a flatbed trailer upon which were members of area scouting groups. According to police, an eight-year old boy who was on the flatbed trailer tried to get off during the parade, but somehow became entangled on one of the wheels on the float. He fell to the street, and a wheel of the trailer rolled over the lower half of the youngster’s body. The boy was rushed to a nearby hospital, but his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
This tragedy isn’t necessarily like a typical injury auto accident that occurs on the roadways of Illinois. For one thing, normal traffic laws were not in place because of the parade. But more importantly, it’s quite possible that the boy was trying to do something that was not encouraged or permitted when he tried to exit the moving float. Unless there are additional factors which have not yet come to light, it’s difficult to assign blame to the driver of the float if he or she wasn’t aware of the boy’s actions. Nevertheless, it’s still within the rights of the boy’s parents to file a personal injury lawsuit against the truck’s driver and perhaps even the scouting organization itself.