Story Created: Dec 6, 2008 at 8:26 PM CST
Story Updated: Dec 7, 2008 at 9:57 PM CST
"Beaumont Police late Sunday, December 7 released the name of the 11-year-old killed in last nights tragic accident at the end of the Beaumont Christmas Parade.
Eleven-year-old Aaliyah Carter is the young girl killed after falling and being run over by a parade float.
Beaumont Independent School District spokesperson Jolene Ortego tells KBMT 12 News that Carter attended Homer Elementary School in Beaumont.
According to witnesses, the accident happened after the girl was running alongside the truck and tripped over another girl.
Witnesses also tell KBMT 12 News that the driver, unaware the girl was in road, proceeded forward crushing the girl under the parade floats wheels.
Carter was pronounced dead on arrival at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital from severe head wounds.
Carter was aboard one of two floats sponsored by the I-Rule Dance Studio in Beaumont.
Before the parade, the girls had been performing at the Beaumont Civic Center during the Very Merry Main Street Market.
The accident occurred in the staging area and the children were about to get off the float and truck.
The driver of the truck towing the float was taken to police headquarters for statements but no charges have been filed.
The story has generated hundreds of comments on our website at www.kbmt12.com.
A fund will be set up to help the family at Capitol One Bank.
Story version from 8:50pm Sunday, December 7:
Beaumont Police late Sunday, December 7 released the name of the 11-year-old killed in the tragic accident at the end of the Beaumont Christmas Parade on Saturday.....CONTINUED