×
8-Year-Old Child Dies From Injuries Sustained at Waukesha Christmas Parade | 6 People Have Died So Far

8-Year-Old Child Dies From Injuries Sustained at Waukesha Christmas Parade | 6 People Have Died So Far

Police alleged that the driver of the SUV barreled into the parade following a "domestic dispute," but no additional information about the dispute was released

An SUV that sped through a barricade into the Waukesha Holiday Parade route on November 21, 2021, has now claimed the life of a sixth person, an 8-year-old child named Jackson Sparks, who succumbed to his injuries, his family announced in a GoFundMe. The young boy died on November 23, 2021. 

According to the fundraiser, Jackson underwent brain surgery on the day of the accident, and doctors told his family that they would need a miracle for him to survive. Jackson and his 12-year-old brother, Tucker, were both hospitalized after a man identified as Darrell Brooks allegedly drove his vehicle along the parade route.

Tucker is recovering from his injuries and will soon be discharged home. A representative from Children's Wisconsin first confirmed that one of their young patients had died, and added that Jackson was one of 16 admitted to the facility after being injured at the parade.



 

"Two families were able to take their children home Monday, where they will continue to recover physically and emotionally from this tragic event. The conditions of the 13 other patients being cared for at Children's are: six in critical condition, three in fair condition, four in good condition," the representative said in a statement, according to PEOPLE.

Previously, it was reported that five people had died from Sunday's tragedy: Tammy Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52; Leanne Owens, 71; Virginia Sorenson, 79; and Wilhelm 'Bill' Hospel, 82.

The incident occurred at 4:39 pm local time, said Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson, per PEOPLE. Footage from the parade posted on The City of Waukesha Facebook page shows a red SUV blazing down the roadway after a marching band passes by while playing "Jingle Bells." 



 

"We do have a person of interest in custody at the moment," Thompson added, at the time of the incident, but his identity was kept a secret then. Later, the man was revealed to be Darrell Brooks. Police alleged that Brooks barreled into the parade following a "domestic dispute," but no additional information about the dispute was released

Meanwhile, Brooks has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the paradegoers' deaths, and authorities say that he could face additional charges as the investigation continues. He appeared in court on November 23, 2021, though it is not yet clear if he has entered a plea to the charges against him.



 

References:

https://people.com/crime/child-dies-from-injuries-sustained-at-waukesha-christmas-parade-tragedy-raising-death-toll/

https://www.gofundme.com/f/waukesha-parade-attack-sparks-family?qid=a78d127dac38d9f535aa486c047b2dfd

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&v=445274323778655

https://people.com/crime/waukesha-christmas-parade-wisconsin-car-drives-through-mass-casualty-event/

Cover Image Source: GoFundMe | Waukesha Parade Attack- Sparks Family

Recommended for you