If being bitten by the donkey at a “live nativity” Christmas scene was not bad enough, consider being run over by a Christmas float (not the one shown here). That is the holiday memory from this year for Miriam Miss, 59, who stepped into the street to retrieve a free throw and was struck down by a float
Police say that the woman may have been pushed from behind and fell under the wheels of the float, which was moving no faster than two miles per hour. She was taken to a hospital.
The incident could raise obvious issues of negligence. There was apparently a walker who was tasked with looking out for people. However, the combination of free items thrown on the grounds and moving vehicles raises a foreseeable risk of collision with a float. However, the slow speed and the reportedly push from behind are obvious factors supporting the parade. The problem is that any parade has some risk and we do not want to live in a society that squeezes all risk out of events with all of the fun. There is a difference between negligently operating a balloon float in the Macy’s parade and failing to prevent a sudden accident in front of a slow moving float.
What do you think?