Waukesha tragedy: Viral video shows SUV narrowly miss little girl as it plows into parade
WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN: Five people have been killed and more than 40 injured after a man plowed his SUV into a parade in Wisconsin. A number of videos have gone viral on the Internet showing the exact moment when tragedy befell the Christmas parade and some of its participants, including dancing girls between 9 and 15 years old. According to Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson, a person of interest — said to be Darrell E. Brooks — was detained and a vehicle was also recovered about 20 miles (32 km) west of Milwaukee after the tragedy.
In one of the viral video clips, a little girl can be seen dancing to the music by herself on the road, when all of a sudden, a red SUV flashes past her. The girl appears startled as the speeding car misses her by a hair's breadth. Moments later, the SUV plows into the crowd at the parade ahead as spectators can be heard screaming in horror and shock.
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SUV speeding past at Waukesha Christmas Parade, almost hitting a little girl pic.twitter.com/ch2S5scrhe— true crime news and facts (@schauderhaft_) November 22, 2021
Car plowed through the Christmas parade in #Waukesha, Wisconsin. Multiple people on the ground injured, reports of shots fired. Triage strike team deployed, per police scanner.— Newsistaan (@newsistaan) November 22, 2021
SUV plowed through multiple groups including a dance team of young girls. pic.twitter.com/oXwqb7avWu
The identity of the young girl has not been confirmed yet. It is being assumed that she attended the parade with her family. She can be seen dressed in pink festive clothes and dancing when the car drives past her. Her face was turned away from the road at the moment, while the attendees surrounding her were clueless about the intention of the car driver.
Washington Times columnist Tim Young condemned the incident tweeting, "The video of the SUV rushing by the happy little girl dancing at the Christmas parade in Waukesha got me... it's horrifying."
"A young girl, blissfully unaware as that SUV comes speeding past. Thankfully, she’s safe. Unfortunately many others were struck. #Waukesha," tweeted TMJ4 journalist Tony Atkins.
The video of the SUV rushing by the happy little girl dancing at the Christmas parade in Waukesha got me... it's horrifying.— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) November 22, 2021
A young girl, blissfully unaware as that SUV comes speeding past. Thankfully, she’s safe. Unfortunately many others were struck. #Waukesha https://t.co/1yHGpr8ZLh— Tony Atkins (@TonyAtkinsTV) November 22, 2021
The video of the moment was reportedly captured by an individual named Jesus Ochoa who later uploaded it on Facebook. Alongside the group of young girls, the SUV also drove through a group of 'Dancing Grannies', a dance troupe comprising elderly women. A few of them succumbed to their injuries while others are battling for their lives at present.
On their Facebook page, the Waukesha Police Department wrote: “At this time, we can confirm that 5 people are deceased and over 40 are injured. However, these numbers may change as we collect additional information. Many people have self-transported to area hospitals.” Besides, there has been no official confirmation yet if the incident was a terrorism act. However, speculations are rife that the incident might have been a retaliation of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict delivered two days back.