A sixth person was killed when an SUV ploughed into spectators during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Jackson Spark, 8, and his elder brother, Tucker, 12, were among those hurt, as per reports, and authorities at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin verified that Jackson died as a result of his wounds.
With profound sadness, Children’s Wisconsin informs that earlier Tuesday, a kid being cared for at Children’s Wisconsin passed away following injuries received at the Waukesha parade, they said in a statement.
As relatives and friends hear of the child’s death and the child’s name is likely to become public, the child’s parents have begged that their privacy be maintained. They do not want the media to contact them.
Jackson’s demise follows the loss of five others over the weekend, including four members of the “Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.”
Virginia “Ginny” Sorenson, 79, LeAnna Owen, 71, and Tamara Durand, 52, were part of the Dancing Grannies, who were known for holding pompoms and delighting crowds with synchronised dance routines.
Jane Kulich, 52, was slain as she walked beside the company’s parade float.
In the aftermath of Jackson’s demise, a GoFundMe campaign has been established. It has raised $485,956 of a $20,000 goal. Tucker Jackson, Jackson’s brother, sustained a broken skull but is stated to be in stable condition.
However, thirteen additional youngsters remain hospitalised following the incident. Six of them have been declared critically ill.
Darrell Brooks, 39, was out on bail at the time of the event and was arrested with five counts of deliberate murder after driving his SUV into the procession. If proven guilty, he faces life in jail and is presently being detained on a $5 million bail.
Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the victims of this heinous act. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.