Child killed after being hit by trailer at Mt. Juliet Christmas parade

Posted at 2:12 PM, Dec 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 08:32:28-05

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WTVF) — A child was killed after being hit by a trailer at the Mt. Juliet Christmas parade Saturday afternoon.

Mt. Juliet Police responded around 12:20 pm in the back parking lot of Mt. Juliet Middle School, as the parade finished.

Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that the truck pulling the trailer was moving slowly, as trailer passengers prepared to unload. They said seven-year-old Rowan Frensley fell off the trailer and was then struck by the tires.

A witness said the Rowan's father was driving the truck.

Officers and medics immediately responded. Rowan, who was a student at W.A. Wright Elementary, Vanderbilt with critical injuries, which he ultimately died from.

His family made the following statement:

“The family of Rowan Frensley wants to say thank you for the outpouring of love, support and prayers that we have received and are continuing to receive from everyone during this incredibly difficult time. We want to thank all of the individuals that were first on the scene yesterday to render aid to Rowan as well as the first responders, nurses, doctors and the entire team of care providers at VUMC who cared for him and loved on him in his final moments. We ask that everyone continue to pray for peace that surpasses all understanding for the family and those that loved the sweet beautiful boy that was Rowan Frensley”.

A candelight vigil is scheduled for Sunday at 4 pm at Mt. Juliet Middle school.

Two online fundraisers have been set up to help the familywith expenses.

Wilson County Schools and multiple law enforcement officials have expressed their condolences.

The Frensley family says funeral arrangements are being made.