Saline County Teen Dies After Accident at High School Homecoming Parade

A senior student at Eldorado High School in Saline County, Illinois, died from injuries sustained in an accident at the school's homecoming parade on Thursday.

Posted: Oct 8, 2021 1:09 PM
Updated: Oct 8, 2021 1:38 PM

A Saline County, Illinois teen is dead after an accident that happened on Thursday at his high school homecoming parade in Eldorado.

Officials with Eldorado High School say Heath Toothman, a senior at the high school, passed away from injuries sustained in Thursday's incident.

According to a statement shared by the high school, Heath lost his balance while jumping off of the senior float on the way back from the school's homecoming parade, hitting his head in the process.

The school says first responders were on scene and that Heath was immediately taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where he passed away.

After the sad news of Heath's passing, the school says its focus is now on bringing the community together to support Heath's family and fellow students.

The Eldorado School District is spearheading a fundraising effort to help Heath's family pay for expenses during their time of grief.  The school says it will also be hosting multiple community and school events over the next few days to make sure that students have the support they need.

There will also be a tribute and dedication to Heath at Friday night's football game at Eldorado against Carmi-White County.

Anyone who would like more information on the school's fundraiser and upcoming events can find it on the Eldorado High School Facebook page.

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