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Friday Harbor girl suffers broken ankle in 4th of July parade pileup

Onlookers rush to into the street and lift up a convertible to rescue a young girl trapped beneath it the wake of a collision at the annual Friday Harbor Fourth of July parade.  - Scott Rasmussen
Onlookers rush to into the street and lift up a convertible to rescue a young girl trapped beneath it the wake of a collision at the annual Friday Harbor Fourth of July parade.
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The good news is she is home, doing well and in good spirits.

The bad news, however, is that the Friday Harbor girl who was struck by a slow-moving car and then temporarily trapped beneath the 1950’s era convertible won’t be doing any cartwheels anytime soon.

Kevin Holmes said his daughter Jessica suffered a broken ankle and a bit of road rash as well. Holmes noted that the front tire of the car did not, as some suspected, run over Jessica’s leg.

“A lot of people have been asking so we wanted to let them know she’s okay,” he said.

Both Jessica and the driver of the Thunderbird convertible were participating in the parade on behalf of San Juan Island Library. Jessica was carrying a banner when she stumbled, fell, and then ended up underneath the car, which had been crawling along directly behind her.

 

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