Mystery of the crushed stroller left on street after Waukesha Christmas parade horror as prayers go out to victims
HARROWING scenes have emerged from the Waukesha Christmas parade, including the haunting image of a broken stroller left on street.
A series of startling images show the destruction left behind after a car plowed into revellers, killing at least five people and injuring many more on Sunday.
The driver – identified as Darrell Edward Brooks, 39, by NBC on Monday morning has been detained, according to reports.
Investigators are now looking into reports he was fleeing from a crime at the time of the fatal collisions in Wisconsin.
SCENE TURNS DEADLY
The joyous scene of marching bands and children dancing in Santa hats and waving pompoms turned deadly in an instant on Sunday.
Horrifying footage – meant to capture the parade – instead showed as the SUV sped through barricades and struck dancers, musicians and others.
In one image a broken stroller wrapped in tinsel sits abandoned.
Local police Chief Dan Thompson later confirmed that the vehicle struck more than 40 individuals, including some children.
Other pictures show chairs used by spectators to watch the parade knocked down as people left their belongings behind to flee the horror.
Clothing and bags also appear to have been abandoned in the carnage.
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One video showed a woman screaming, “Oh my God!” repeatedly as a group of young dancers was struck.
A red Ford Escape was seen on video tearing through the crowds and "sending bodies flying" as families and performers celebrated at the annual holiday event.
A father talked of going “from one crumpled body to the other” in search of his daughter.
Members of a “Dancing Grannies” club were among those killed.
A Waukesha police officer opened fire to try to stop the vehicle, authorities said.
One video shows a young child dancing in the street as the SUV speeds by, just a few feet from her, before it hurtles into parade participants a few hundred feet ahead.
Another, of dancers with pompoms, ends with a group of people tending to a girl on the ground.
“There were pompoms and shoes and spilled hot chocolate everywhere. I had to go from one crumpled body to the other to find my daughter,” Corey Montiho, a Waukesha school district board member, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
A Roman Catholic priest, parishioners and Waukesha Catholic schoolchildren were among those injured, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee said.
Officers later swooped at an address in Milwaukee where the SUV that went on the rampage was parked in the driveway.
The front of the vehicle was crumpled right up to the windscreen with bumper and license plate hanging off.
A man identified as Brooks was detained there and he reportedly complained of a sore shoulder as he was taken into custody.
The parade is held each year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
Waukesha is around 55 miles north of Kenosha, where Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted Friday of charges stemming from the fatal shooting of two men and the wounding of a third during unrest in that city in August 2020.
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