WAUKESHA, Wis. — Authorities were determining Monday whether the driver of an SUV that hurtled through a barricade and slammed into a Christmas parade in suburban Waukesha on Sunday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 40, may have been fleeing another crime.
At least six children remain in critical condition after the car rammed through the parade, striking a high school band, children’s dance group and the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies. The city’s livestream captured the stunning video of the crash, and Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said the number of dead and injured could change because many people took themselves to hospitals in the chaotic minutes after the tragedy.
Children’s Wisconsin Hospital received 18 patients from the ages of 3 to 16, including three sets of siblings, doctors say.
“Today was a tragic, horrible and unimaginable tragedy. Shawn Reilly from Waukesha, Mayor of Waukesha said that he walked at the beginning in the parade. I saw happy children sitting at the curb. Happy parents sat behind their kids. The smiling faces are still there.
Gov. Tony Evers directed that the flags should be flown at 50% on Mondays and the day of funerals. Evers stated that he and Kathy were praying for Waukesha and the families and children affected by this horrible act.
Which driver was behind the SUV?
Thompson said the investigation was ongoing and that a “suspect vehicle” was recovered. A person of interest was in custody, he…