WINDSOR, Colo. -- An 8-year-old boy was killed after being struck by a float during a parade on Monday morning, the Windsor Police Department said.
The incident happened near the end of the Windsor Harvest Festival parade.
The child was taken to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland with his parents. The boy died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
“The child and family are in our hearts right now. Windsor is a small, tight-knit community and we hope to protect the family’s privacy as they grieve the loss of their child,” Windsor police chief Rick Klimek said.
Investigators were seen taking pictures of a Toyota Tundra pickup truck towing an advertisement for Generations, a Christian church in Greeley that is launching a Windsor location later this month.
The boy was a participant on the float, police said. Witnesses said the boy was trying to get off the float when he fell and was run over.
Generations Church offered prayers and support for the family in a statement.
“The son of one of our families from Generations Church was involved in a tragic accident while serving at the Windsor Day Parade.
Our concentration, prayers and time are being given to the family, grieving their loss, and ours. Future outreach events are on hold, while we do that well, and until we can move forward with unity and wisdom. We and the family covet your prayers and support.'We are sincerely grateful for each person and organization reaching out. Because our priority is grieving with and caring for the family, we have no immediate news on public opportunities for support. We will be responding to emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org as promptly as possible. Most importantly -- please pray for the immediate family involved.”
The parade was halted after the incident. An online fundraising account has been set up to support the family.
A memorial is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The accident is under investigation.