Girl injured in Murrells Inlet parade to recover

A young girl injured during the Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade is expected to make a full recovery.

Jennifer Hoffman, manager of Murrells Inlet Veterinary Hospital which sponsored the float, said the 8-year-old girl is the daughter of a hospital employee.

Hoffman said the girl, who was not identified, is expected to be released from the Medical University of South Carolina Monday night. She suffered a fracture to her pelvis area and will be in a wheelchair, but is expected to make a full recovery, Hoffman said.

The girl was run over by the float pulled by a Chevrolet pickup truck on U.S. 17 Business about 3:50 p.m., said Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with the S.C. Highway Patrol. The Highway Patrol reported the girl had fallen from the float, but Hoffman said there are conflicting reports.

“It just happened so quickly,” she said. “We had adults within arms reach, but it happened so quickly.”

Hoffman said one person saw the girl trip while walking beside the float while another said she was leaning forward from a sitting position when she fell off the float.