Waukesha parade crash: Darrell Brooks named “interesting person” who killed five and injured more than 40 after a car crashed into the Christmas train | US News

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A man being questioned by police after five people were killed and more than 40 injured when a vehicle drove through a Christmas parade in Wisconsin has been mentioned in American media.

NBC reported that Darrell Brooks, 39, from Wisconsin, is a person of interest who is being held in custody. He has not been charged with any crime, it is said.

It comes after a red SUV hit dozens of people in the town of Waukesha, located about 200 miles west of downtown Milwaukee, just before 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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Waukesha police have urged people to avoid the center
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Waukesha police have urged people to avoid the center

A video showed a woman shouting “Oh my God!” repeatedly when a group of young dancers met, while a father described going from “one crumpled body to the other” in search of his daughter.

“Currently, we can confirm that five people have died and over 40 are injured,” the Waukesha Police Department said on its Facebook page. “However, these figures may change as we gather additional information.”

The pediatric trauma center at Wisconsin’s Children’s Hospital helped treat 18 children confirmed by the hospital – but their current condition is unknown.

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Five people have died and over 40 were injured after a vehicle drove through a Christmas parade in the US state of Wisconsin.

Earlier, officials said an “interested person” who may have a significant criminal history was questioned overnight, adding that investigators were investigating the possibility that the driver had been involved in a previous incident involving a knife and fled when the vehicle reached parade.

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The speeding SUV appeared to be approaching the parade from behind, and Police Chief Dan Thompson said a police officer shot at it in an attempt to stop it when it crashed through the barriers. It is estimated that it traveled at about 40 mph.

No one was injured in the shooting.

Spilled candy seen on Main Street the morning after a car plowed through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA, November 22, 2021. REUTERS / Cheney Orr Spilled candy is seen on Main Street the morning after a car plowed through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin , USA, November 22, 2021. REUTERS / Cheney Orr
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Spilled sweets are seen on Main Street the next morning
A spray-painted shoe to mark as evidence is seen on Main Street the morning after a car plowed through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA, November 22, 2021. REUTERS / Cheney Orr
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The SUV hit dozens of people

Eleven adults and 12 children were taken to hospital after being hit by the vehicle and Mr Thompson confirmed that there were “some deaths”. Many took themselves to hospitals for injury care.

Corey Montiho, a board member of the Waukesha School District, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his daughter’s dance team was hit by the vehicle.

“There were pompoms and shoes and spilled hot chocolate everywhere,” he said.

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The witness describes what she saw and heard in Waukesha after an SUV was driven into a crowd.

“I had to go from one wrinkled body to another to find my daughter,” he said.

“My wife and two daughters were almost hit. Please pray for everyone. Please pray.”

Chris Germain, co-owner of the Aspire Dance Center studio, had about 70 people in the parade, including children as young as 2 years old who were pulled in carriages and participants up to 18 years old.

“There were small children all over the road. There were police and EMTs doing CPR on several members of the parade,” he said.

Milwaukee Dancing Grannies confirmed that members of their squad are among the dead.

In a Facebook post, the group said: “Those who died were extremely passionate grandmothers.

“Their eyes shone … joy of being a grandmother. They were the glue … held us together.

“Our hearts are heavy in this most difficult time, as more information and updates become available, it will be published.

“Please keep them their families, friends, Milwaukee Dancing Grannies and everyone who lives has changed forever in your thoughts and prayers.”

The scene after a vehicle plows through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin
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The scene after a vehicle plows through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin

Angela O’Boyle, whose apartment overlooked the Christmas parade, told CNN she heard people screaming and screaming for their children.

She said, “All I heard was screams and then people shouted out their children’s names.”

O’Boyle added that she “saw the car coming and plowing into the band that was just past my balcony at the time”.

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Five deaths have been confirmed, with many more injured after a vehicle was run over by people during a Christmas parade.

“It hit at least two people directly and rolled over them.

“And then continued down the road to Folkets Park which is at the end of the block and then continued, it did not stop.”

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