Lebanon teen back home after parade float accident

Cameron Wilson
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A 14-year-old Lebanon boy who fell from a Fourth of July parade float and was run over twice by the vehicle is now home recovering.

"He looked up at me and said, 'sorry, Dad, I fell off the trailer,'" said father Israel Wilson.

Israel Wilson thinks back to the moments after his son Cameron fell off this float during Boone County's Fourth of July parade.

"I did not think my child was going to live. How can you survive an accident like that? That much weight. Hit on both sides and at that angle," said Wilson.

Cameron Wilson has a fractured pelvis, two fractured collarbones, a torn spleen and three fractured ribs. The Lebanon teen will be in bed or wheelchair-bound for a while.

"We are very thankful to God," said Israel Wilson.

The markings in front of Lebanon Middle School show where Wilson was hurt during the Fourth of July parade.

The parade committee told Eyewitness News they are looking at possible safety changes.

"We definitely want to know what happened. I am sure when it comes time to start paying for his care that is going to be the first thing the insurance companies will ask. They want details so they can sort out who will pay," said Israel Wilson.

A 15-year-old boy who only had a learner's permit was driving the float last Thursday. Lebanon Police are investigating.

"It's something we are curious about. I just have a hard time placing this on a 15-year-old that was driving the vehicle. I think it was a combination of things," said the father.

Wilson says for now he's focused on helping Cameron reach his goal: Walking on the first day of school in August.

"I'm certain the prayers were answered. We are very thankful he is still here," said the senior Wilson.

The Lebanon Police Department tells Eyewitness News they hope to wrap up their investigation into the float accident this week.

The Parade Committee will use the report to decide if changes need to be made in their public safety plan for next year.