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Teenager dies after being run over by float at Toronto's Caribbean Carnival

Toronto police investigate a truck after a teenager was struck and killed by a parade float on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.

TORONTO – Toronto police are appealing for witnesses as they investigate the death of a teenager at Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival.

Police say 18-year-old Rueshad Grant was standing beside a parade float Saturday night when he was run over by the vehicle just before 9 p.m.

Originally police said that Grant had been riding on the float when he fell under the vehicle’s wheels.

The teenager was rushed to hospital, but died soon after.

Officials are examining a video posted online that appears to show the aftermath of the incident, with a crowd yelling for the float to stop as it slowly starts moving after a brief pause.

Parade organizers have expressed their “heartfelt sympathies” to those who knew Grant.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss,” spokeswoman Denise Herrera-Jackson said in a statement.

“The Toronto police are conducting a full and thorough investigation and we will assist them in any way we can.”

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