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Boy dies after being run over by cousin driving Christmas float

A 9-year-old boy died in Plant City, Fla., after being run over by a church float driven by his cousin in a Christmas parade, according to MSNBC.

Jordan Hayes was handing out beads and candy alongside the float Friday night, when his foot was caught by a wheel and he fell under the float, said Police Chief Bill McDaniel.

Parade watchers shouted at the driver "to back up," however, the pickup truck pulling the float ran over Jordan a second time. The driver, Jerry Bridges, is a cousin of Jordan, authorities said.

"This is a tragedy that defies words," McDaniel said. "This was supposed to be a time of celebration and joy, but it has turned into a terrible tragedy."