Daily Bread for 11.22.21: Speeding Driver Kills or Injures Dozens at Waukesha Christmas Parade | FREE WHITEWATER

Daily Bread for 11.22.21: Speeding Driver Kills or Injures Dozens at Waukesha Christmas Parade

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 35.  Sunrise is 6:56 AM and sunset 4:25 PM for 9h 28m 59s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 91.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

 Whitewater’s Urban Forestry Commission meets at 4:30 PM, and the Whitewater School Board meets at 7 PM.

 On this day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated and Texas Governor John Connally is seriously wounded by Lee Harvey Oswald, who also kills Dallas Police officer J. D. Tippit after fleeing the scene. U.S Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as the 36th President of the United States afterwards.

 News that several are reported dead and dozens injured after an SUV sped through yesterday’s Waukesha Christmas parade is understandably a statewide, national, and international story today —

Bill Glauber, Mary Spicuzza, and Molly Beck of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report A person plowed their SUV through the Waukesha Christmas Parade, leaving five dead and more than 40 injured authorities say:

WAUKESHA – A treasured rite of the holiday season turned into a scene of bloody, deadly mayhem late Sunday afternoon as a vehicle plowed into the Waukesha Christmas Parade, killing five people and injuring more than 40 others, authorities said.

Shortly before midnight, the City of Waukesha posted to its Twitter and Facebook accounts revised casualty totals.

“At this time, we can confirm that 5 people are deceased and over 40 are injured,” the statement said. “However, these numbers may change as we collect additional information.”

Earlier, authorities said 11 adults and 12 children were ferried to local hospitals. Others were taken by friends and family. Children’s Wisconsin hospital said it had 15 patients and no fatalities.

Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly called the incident a “horrible and senseless act.”

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said that around 4:39 p.m. a red SUV broke through the parade barriers and headed west on Main Street.

“The vehicle struck more than 20 individuals. Some of the individuals were children and there were some fatalities as a result of this incident,” he said.

A suspect vehicle was recovered and a “person of interest” was in custody, the police chief said. People were transported to hospitals via ambulances and police vehicles, he added.

Dan Simmons, Mitch Smith, Robert Chiarito, Jesus Jiménez, and Livia Albeck-Ripka of the New York Times report Five Dead in Wisconsin After Driver Plows S.U.V. Into Holiday Parade:

This was the 58th Christmas parade for Waukesha, an annual event that was canceled last year because of the pandemic. The theme of this year’s event was simply “Comfort and Joy.”

Mikey Randa, 14, said he was marching in the parade with his high school football team when he saw a young girl hit by the car. “The car just flew past us, there was a lot of panic,” he said, adding that he initially didn’t grasp what had happened. Mr. Randa said he then saw five or six bodies lying on the ground. “I’m still in a bit of a shock,” he said.

All Waukesha public schools will be closed Monday, the police department said in a statement Sunday night.

Jason Kellner, 49, said that he had just watched his son, a drummer in the Waukesha South High School marching band, pass by, when he first saw a red Ford Escape heading toward the crowd. After passing through an intersection, Mr. Kellner said, the car “started mowing people down.”

“I’ve never felt a worse feeling; wondering what I’m going to find when I get to my kid,” Mr. Kellner said of the moment he ran toward his son, whom he found standing unharmed by the side of the road.

International publications quickly reported on the events. See Reuters in The Guardian, Social media footage shows SUV speeding through Wisconsin Christmas parade – video and Britain’s The Telegraph, Wisconsin tragedy: Five people killed and more than 40 injured after car ploughs through parade

Wisconsin communities that have endured repeated suffering experience yet more. 

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