Six people have died after a vehicle passed through a crowd at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin over the weekend, turning a joyful holiday-filled afternoon into instant tragedy.
The victims, aged 8 to 81, include a child, a man and four women, according to Waukesha officials.
More than 40 other people were injured when a driver, identified as Darrell Brooks, 39, walked through a barricade and crashed into spectators, including members of a group of high school students and local dance groups, Waukesha police said.
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The deceased victims were initially identified as Tamara Durand, 52, Jane Kulich, 52, LeAnna Owen, 71, Virginia Sorenson, 79 and Wilhelm Hospel, 81.
Jackson Sparks, eight, died Monday after spending several hours in intensive care, according to an update from his family on their GoFundMe page. Jackson was the sixth person to die after the tragedy. Her 12-year-old Tucker was also seriously injured and is recovering, the family said.
Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a local group known for participating in parades in the area, confirmed that its members were among those killed.
Sorenson, Owen, and Durand were members of the Grannies, and Hospel reportedly helped the troupe with their shows.
The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies posted on Facebook that they were performing at the Waukesha Christmas Parade when tragedy struck
“Those who died were extremely passionate grannies. Their eyes shone … with the joy of being a granny. They were the glue … held us together,” the group said in a statement posted in part to Facebook. . “… Our band did what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade putting smiles on faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness.”
Kulich was a mother and grandmother of three, most recently working as a bank teller in town. The bank said in a statement that an employee – an employee she did not name – “was walking with our parade float” when she was hit and died.
Previously, Kulich had worked for Dave’s Restaurant for several years.
“I know Jane is in a good position now,” said restaurant owner Jose Suarez.
Police initially said 48 people were injured, but a criminal complaint brought that number to 62 on Tuesday.
At least nine patients – mostly children – were listed in critical condition Monday in two hospitals, and seven others were reported in serious condition.
The Wisconsin Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee said Monday morning that 18 children had been brought to its emergency department following the incident. Their ages range from 3 to 16, and the victims include three groups of siblings.
At around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, six children remained in critical condition, three in fair condition and four in good condition.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee said one of its priests, as well as several Catholic parishioners and schoolchildren in Waukesha, were injured.