Girl, 7, run over during Columbia holiday parade

Sunday, November 21, 2010 | 6:27 p.m. CST; updated 7:31 p.m. CST, Sunday, November 21, 2010
A 7-year-old girl who participated in the Columbia Jaycees Holiday Parade is rolled into a Boone Hospital Center ambulance after being run over by the float she was walking alongside. The girl's costume got caught in the wheel of the trailer carrying the float, and she was dragged under it. Police on site said the wheel "barely missed her head."

COLUMBIA — A 7-year-old girl was taken to University Hospital after she was run over Sunday by a trailer in the 31st annual Columbia Jaycees Holiday Parade.

Shianne E. Nesmith of Columbia was in stable condition late Sunday afternoon after she was pulled under Fairview United Methodist Church's Little Bethlehem float, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

Nesmith, who was a part of the Methodist church's parade entry, approached the roughly 6-by 8-foot trailer to get more coins that other participants were handing out, according to the release. A piece of her clothing got caught on the trailer and pulled her down under the tire, leaving her with injuries to her left side.

The incident took place on Sixth Street, between Broadway and Cherry Street.

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dean richards November 22, 2010 | 2:16 a.m.

ya i'm all for kids having a great time at parades but lets try and keep them safe... but not by banning their taking part in the fun by some kneejerk reaction from the city

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