Early Monday morning, evidence of parade goers still inhabited the streets as Wisconsin authorities corroborated over what led to the catastrophe. Leaving at least 48 injured and five dead, Darrell E. Brooks, Jr. intentionally drove his SUV through barricades and into the crowd at the Waukesha Christmas parade. Of the forty-eight injured, eighteen were kids and transported to Children’s Wisconsin. The five people killed in the incident range from ages 52- to 81-years-old. Brooks is now facing five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, and more charges are to follow after officials conclude the investigation.
The crash is not in correlation to the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin. There is also no information that Brooks knew anyone at the parade. The school district of Waukesha canceled classes on Monday as the community mourns.
Just prior to bulldozing his SUV through the parade, Brooks was involved in a domestic disturbance with another individual. Law enforcement did not respond to the initial call because they had to respond to the parade so quickly upon receiving the call. Brooks’s initial court appearance is at 4 p. m. CT on Tuesday, where initial charges will be filed.
Brooks’s Criminal History
Earlier this month, Brooks posted bail on November 11 from charges that stemmed from a November 2 act in which Brooks ran over a woman with his car in a gas station parking lot. According to the criminal report, prosecutors filed five charges related to the incident including: obstructing an officer, second-degree recklessly endangering safety with domestic abuse assessments, disorderly conduct with domestic abuse assessments, and misdemeanor battery with domestic abuse assessments.
Brooks was also charged with bail jumping due to already being out on bail following a July 24, 2020 incident. The incident that took place in July stem from Brooks firing a handgun during an argument. Police arrested Brooks for being in possession of a stolen handgun, as well as being in possession of three pills that tested positive for methamphetamines. The charges were two counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety while using of a dangerous weapon, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Bail from these charges was initially set to $10,000, but because Brooks was refused a speedy trial, bail was reduced to $500. Brooks was released on bail in that case on February 21.
Brooks also has an outstanding warrant in Nevada. Nevada authorities placed an active warrant on Brooks on August 15, 2016 for jumping bail. Detectives in Nevada did not have viable intelligence on Brooks’ exact location in Wisconsin.
The city of Waukesha identified the victims as:
- Virginia Sorenson, 79
- LeAnna Owen, 71
- Tamara Durand, 52
- Jane Kulich, 52
- Wilhelm Hospel, 81
Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson acknowledged the heroism of onlookers at the scene, as first responders and citizens worked together to prioritize the victims, and get them as stable as possible. Some citizens even transported victims to the hospital in their own vehicles.
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