Family: rider threw parade harness, woman hurt

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Posted: Feb 16, 2010 7:51 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Mardi Gras, Houma, parade, harness, injury

A 66-year-old woman's family claim she was hit in the head with a heavy hook when a parade rider in Houma threw the harness supposed to keep him on the float.

Patricia Vega of Houma says her 66-year-old mother, Charlene Babin, was released after treatment for a head contusion on Sunday.

Houma Police Lt. Jude McElroy, who was riding behind the float, says the complaint is under investigation.

He says a city ordinance requires riders to be strapped in.

But he says the rider did not appear to throw the harness on purpose, which would be required for a battery charge.

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