A woman from the Charlotte area died over the weekend in a freak accident involving a class reunion parade float in Lebanon, Ill., officials say.
Shelby Dickson, 33, of Matthews died Saturday evening of injuries sustained when she was run over by a float during the Lebanon Fireman’s Parade, according to Lebanon police. She had jumped off the float to retrieve a beaded necklace from the ground, an investigator said. When she tried to get back on the float, she slipped and fell beneath it.
Dickson’s sister, Amanda Annunziata, remembered her Monday as a “courageous, free-spirited, fun-loving mom, daughter and sister.”
Annunziata said her sister loved being with her family, her partner and her 4-year-old son, Brock.
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Growing up, the sisters had a typical sibling rivalry. Five years older than Dickson, “I would torment her,” Annunziata said, but if anyone else tried the same, she was quick to her sister’s defense.
Their family went on yearly vacations to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina and visited family in Illinois.
Dickson, a cosmetologist, was visiting Lebanon over the weekend to celebrate the 15-year reunion of her high school class.
The sisters got together whenever they could and had fun at concerts, Annunziata said.
About five years ago, they saw Chelsea Handler shortly after Annunziata had surgery on her ACL. In crutches at the show, Dickson saw an opportunity.
“We have a situation, people, you have to move,” Dickson said, according to her sister.
In December, they went to a Salt-N-Pepa show where Dickson danced onstage, and they were planning to go to another show soon.
Dickson’s first concert was Boyz II Men, and Annunziata’s was New Kids on the Block. The bands are scheduled to play in Charlotte together on Thursday, and the two sisters were planning to attend.
Staff writer Mark Price contributed.