‘I’m in so much pain’: Family devastated by teenage son’s tragic death at Toronto Caribbean Carnival

While continue to probe how an 18-year-old Mississauga man became pinned underneath a during the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival, killing him, the parents of Rueshad Grant took to social media to express their grief.

“On October 20, 1994 at 3 a.m. in the morning I gave birth to a beautiful the most precious gift that any woman or mother can receive from God,” reads a Facebook message from Shaundel Ramessar, Mr. Grant’s mother. “God decided that he will take his angel back. There’s no word, it’s like I’m frozen into a brick of ice.”

“I’m in so much pain it’s unbearable, I can’t believe my youth is gone,” wrote Robert Prodiig Grant, the victim’s father. “I love my family and rather it was me than any one of my kids. If you have children hold on to them tight and never let go.”

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Police said the teenager was standing beside a parade float Saturday night when he was run over by the vehicle just before 9 p.m. on . W. near Avenue. Initially, police said Mr. Grant had been riding on the float when he fell under the vehicle‘s wheels. An autopsy was completed Sunday but the results have not been made public.

Of particular interest to investigators is a video posted on the Internet shot moments after Mr. Grant’s body became caught in the ’s undercarriage.

It shows the flat-bed trailerpacked with . are crammed up against the wheels. After being alerted to something off-camera, the yells at the driver over the loud speaker to stop the vehicle.

The truck pauses before picking up speed again. “Please stop the truck, driver. Stop the truck. We need to pick somebody up,” the emcee yells out again.

“Somebody was too hype and they make the tire run over their foot,” he says, as the truck rolls on.

A second video shows paramedics attempting to revive Mr. Grant He was taken to hospital where he died a short while later.

Sgt. Paul Bainard said officers from the Traffic Services unit have interviewed the driver as well as numerous witnesses. Toronto police released a statement Sunday appealing for any other witnesses to contact them. No charges have been laid.

Ward 20 Councillor Adam Vaughan told reporters that every float should be girded with wooden planks to prevent people from slipping under the wheels.

“It’s not extraordinarily expensive and it’s part of the decoration of the rigs they pull the vans and the DJs down the road with. It would be a way of making sure when people crush in around the side of the truck trying to get close to the loud speakers that something untoward doesn’t happen,” he said.

Festival organizers expressed their “heartfelt sympathies” to Mr. Grant’s family while defending the planning of this year’s parade.

The official policy is to prevent onlookers from getting too close to the floats. “We did everything literally possible to make sure that no one was on the road,” said parade CEO Christopher Alexander, citing a recently introduced wristband policy meant to help police and private security officers keep spectators away from the parade procession. Barricades were erected along the parade route but that didn’t stop many revellers from hopping over them.

On Monday evening, the Post asked Mr. Alexander about why bystanders were able to pack around the float, despite the new security measures, to which he replied: “I can’t comment on the video. I have not had a chance to see the video.”

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