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7-year-old run over by parade float released from hospital

Posted at 12:15 AM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-30 22:21:17-04

NEW CASTLE, Ind. – The child run over by a trailer during a Memorial Day parade in New Castle was released from the hospital Tuesday.

Evan Counceller, 7, was walking beside the Relay for Life float when the trailer stopped as he went to get more candy.

Counceller's shoe then got caught in the wheel causing him to fall face down in front of the tires. The trailer then began moving, running over Counceller's body.

“I watched this kiddo get under the wheel. At that point I'm thinking this is going to be bad,” said Makaelin Helms, an EMT student who was watching the parade.

Helm and her sister, Kindsey Swim an EMT, helped get Counceller away from the parade before medics arrived.

“He walked over to get another bag of candy, and just a freak accident- the driver took off,” said Stacy Dick, who helped raise Counceller.

The first grader suffered two broken ribs and lots of scrapes, but was released from Riley Children’s Hospital the next day following the accident.

"I can't jump, hop, or run...until I'm completely healed," said Counceller.

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