More than a dozen remain hospitalized before Thanksgiving after deadly Waukesha parade crash

The youngest victim was an 8-year-old boy who died of his injuries on Tuesday, according to his family.

On Wednesday, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, which initially received 16 children, said three more patients had been released ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The hospital said five of the remaining 10 children were in critical condition, while two were in good condition and three were in good condition.

In addition, the hospital said that one of the four patients cared for at Aurora Medical Center-Summit remains in serious condition and three are in good condition. Two people are undergoing treatment at the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Health Network, according to the health facility, which did not disclose their condition.

Prosecutors believe Daryl E. Brooks was the SUV driver and charged him with five counts of first-degree murder. They said Brooks, 39, may face a sixth murder charge over the boy’s death.

Another 62 people were injured, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Court.

and dead Virginia Sorenson, 79; Liana (Lee) Owen, 71 years old; Tamara Durand, 52 years old; Jane Kulich, 52, and Wilhelm Hospel, 81, according to Waukesha City officials. The family of Jackson Sparks, 8, identified him as the latest victim on the GoFundMe page.

The Waukesha community mourned the victims at multiple candlelight vigils this week, expressing their support for those who have lost loved ones.

The Waukesha School District said it will provide additional mental health support for its students.

Sorenson, Owen, and Durand were members of the Milwaukee Dance Company, a group that participates in many parades in Wisconsin.

The family’s GoFundMe page says Sorenson, aka Jenny, spent her last moments celebrating the beauty of life and her true passion for the dance troupe.

Her daughter Taylor Smith told CNN that Collish was representing her employer, Citizens Bank, on the show.

“My mom has always helped people. I am honored to be the daughter of someone who has brought so much to everyone’s life. Even in this darkness, she still shines some light for us.”

Owen was a mother of two and a grandmother of three who worked as a manager at Packard Glen Apartments in a Milwaukee suburb.

“She was so sweet and loving and lit up every room she was in,” her son Chris Owen told CNN.

“We saw a car going at high speed around the corner, but we had no idea what was really going on.” Chris Owen said. “The longer we didn’t hear about her, the more we expected she was injured.”

How do witnesses say the accident happened?

Crowds were enjoying the parade in downtown Waukesha, Police Chief Daniel Thompson said, just before 4:40 p.m. local time, a red SUV drove through several barriers and drove into the parade route.

Angela Opwell, who was watching from the balcony of her fifth-floor apartment, recorded a video showing the SUV crashing into a band member. Then the SUV follows forward, striking and trampling on others in the band and crowd before driving away.

People can be heard screaming and seen running for safety as SUVs continue on their way.

The demonstration video posted on the city’s Facebook page shows a red SUV driving at speed during the parade, followed by a police officer in action.

Prosecutors say a sixth victim has died after the Waukesha motorcade crash at Christmas

One officer, identified as Detective Casey, first heard a trumpet near his position along the parade route. When Casey went to investigate, he saw a red Ford Escape SUV driving in front of the parade participants and “noticed people jumping off the road,” according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint said the SUV was moving at a slow speed at the time, and Casey banged on the hood while shouting “stop” several times. The SUV overtook Casey and continued the march.

The complaint said Casey chased the car on foot as he began to drive it faster, and was radioed for help. Seconds later, further news came over police radio that she had been hit by a car.

Police canvas wreckage after a driver stormed a Christmas parade on November 22, 2021 in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin, killing six and injuring dozens.

The defendant is on bail of $5 million

A judge deemed Brooks a flying hazard and set bail at $5 million. He made his first court appearance on Tuesday. The conviction of five murders he faces carries a life sentence.

The cause of the crash remains unclear. Early indications were that Brooks was fleeing the initial incident, according to multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the initial investigation findings.

Thompson, the police chief, said Brooks was involved in an internal disturbance with another person before he plowed his SUV through the show. But Thompson said there was no police pursuit of Brooks prior to the show.

Court documents show that Brooks was out on bail earlier this month after he allegedly used a car to run over a woman who she said was the mother of his child. The woman survived the November 2 incident and was taken to hospital for her injuries, according to a criminal complaint.

Claudia Dominguez, Holly Yan, Travis Caldwell, Amir Vera, Paul B. Murphy, Raja Razek, Dave Allsopp, Joe Sutton, Keith Allen, Shimon Prokopicks, Lauren M. Johnson, Sarah Smart and Evan Perez contributed to this report.


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