Manhunt launched for driver who killed 2 children after he plowed into Wilton Manors bus stop
WILTON MANORS, FLORIDA: Two children were killed and four others injured after a hit-and-run driver plowed into a crowd of youngsters at a bus stop in Florida. Two children were pronounced dead at the scene on Monday, December 27, in Wilton Manors. According to witnesses, the driver hit the children and fled the scene.
“When he cut in front of me he went straight for the kids,” another bus driver named Selvin Arjun told WFOR-TV. “I don’t know if he couldn’t control the car because he was going fast, but he drove straight into those kids.”
Police are trying to nab the driver. Besides the two kids who died, four others, aged 1, 2, 6 and 9 years, were rushed to Broward Health. While two of them suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the other two are reportedly in critical condition. “How can you run someone over, even an animal, get out and look and then get back in the car and keep going?” a witness said.
This incident brings back memories of the Waukesha tragedy, where a driver plowed into several marchers at a Wisconsin Christmas parade, killing five people and injuring over 40. The person in custody was identified as Darrell Edward Brooks Jr, who was found by the cops with the key to a Ford vehicle. The 39-year-old happens to be a career criminal and rapper who performs under the stage name MathBoi Fly.
Videos of the horrific incident, which are viral on social media, show a red Ford Escape smashing through white barricades before racing down the road towards a high school marching band. The car drove right through the parade as screams filled the air, running over people and driving away as the crowd scattered.
Brooks, who faces life in prison if convicted, is currently being held on a $5 million bail in Wisconsin. Just five days before the tragedy, he was granted a $1,000 bail. Jail records showed that Brooks was booked into the Waukesha County Jail on November 16 and released the same day. According to the source, Waukesha County deputies picked up Brooks from the Milwaukee County Jail earlier that day. He was accused of running over the mother of his child with a vehicle in a gas station parking lot on November 2.
Weeks after the tragic Waukesha incident, a suspect, Tony Nix, was apprehended after being seen on film driving the wrong way along a Christmas parade route. The event occurred on the night of December 7, north of Birmingham, when the crowd erupted in screaming. A crowd screams in a video acquired by WVTM. With its lights blazing, a minivan is seen speeding toward a police vehicle. The cruiser seemed to have been in charge of the procession. "Oh, my God," she said. "Jesus Christ. Another one?" a witness can be overheard stating. Another witness comments, "They should stop the band."