December 7, 2021

Darrell Brooks: Child becomes sixth fatality in Christmas parade tragedy

Police said 18 of the injured were children. Several victims remained in critical care in hospital.

Child becomes sixth fatality in Christmas parade tragedy

Child becomes sixth fatality in Christmas parade tragedy photo credit: BBC

Darrell Brooks (39), who is accused of intentionally ramming a car into a Christmas parade in Wisconsin on Sunday, will be charged with six deaths after another victim – a child- died.

Brooks had wept as he was arraigned in court with five counts intentional homicide, prosecutors said further charges would be filed.

According to the police, Darrell Brooks drove in a “zig-zag pattern” to ensure he hit as many people as possible. Bail was set at $5m due to his extensive criminal background.

The boy killed was eight-year-old Jackson Sparks, who was hit alongside his 12-year-old brother, Tucker.

Tucker, who suffered a fractured skull, is expected by family members to recover. Tucker was among 62 people injured.

Police said 18 of the injured were children. Several victims remained in critical care in hospital.

The other victims have been named as Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71; Jane Kulich, 52; Wilhelm Hospel, 81; and Tamara Durand, 52.

A medical examiner has concluded they died of “multiple blunt force injuries”, according to a criminal complaint released on Tuesday.

According to the complaint, Brooks ignored officers’ attempts to make him leave the parade route before accelerating his vehicle into the crowd.

One officer shot three rounds into the SUV, but failed to stop it. Brooks was not hit by the bullets, police have said.

During Tuesday’s court appearance, Brooks wore an anti-suicide smock and cried as the judge informed him that each crime carries a sentence of life in prison.

Police have said Brooks was leaving the scene of a domestic dispute minutes earlier when he drove into the parade route.

Two days before the parade attack, Brooks posted bail after being charged with running over the mother of his child in a domestic dispute earlier this month.

At the time Brooks posted bail, he was already on bail awaiting trial for allegedly firing a gun at his nephew and another person during a dispute.

Records show that he has been charged with 10 crimes since 1997.

Sources: BBC, Yahoo

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