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EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - Police in a central Oklahoma city say they plan to interview the father who accidentally ran over and killed his 8-year-old son during a Fourth of July parade.
    
Edmond Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said officers were unable to speak to the man Thursday because he went to the Oklahoma City hospital where the boy was pronounced dead.
    
The Oklahoma medical examiner's office identified the child Friday as 8-year-old Aiden Hooper.
    
Monroe says the boy was riding on a martial arts group's float at LibertyFest in Edmond before he got down or fell from the vehicle. A flatbed trailer loaded with hay bales knocked the child to the ground and ran over him.
    
Police say they don't expect the father to face any charges.

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NBCNEWS.COM - An Oklahoma Fourth of July parade turned tragic Thursday morning when a father accidentally ran over and killed his eight-year-old son who had been on a parade float, police said.

Thousands of people had gathered on the streets of Edmond, Okla., to watch the 40th annual Fourth of July parade, which is part of the weeklong LibertyFest celebration.

Just before 11 a.m. CT,  the little boy "either jumped or fell off" of a flat-bed trailer which was being driven by his father for a local martial arts group, AKA Karate, according to Jenny Monroe, a spokeswoman for the Edmond Police.

The young boy was one of about 20 children on the float. A nurse who was in a car behind the trailer tried to administer CPR to save the boy, according to NBC's local affiliate KFOR. When he was loaded into the ambulance, the nurse said he still had a pulse but the boy was pronounced dead when he arrived at UC Presbyterian Hospital. Edmond police do not suspect foul play and called it a "horrific, unfortunate accident."

Since the investigation is ongoing, police have not released the name of the boy or the driver, but they expect to have more information by Friday.

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