Family members and friends of more than 50 people, including many children, hit by an SUV during a Christmas parade in a Milwaukee suburb say they have suffered life-threatening injuries, and some are torn between life and death.
Online funding requests detail some of the injuries sustained in the incident that left five dead and 48 wounded. The suspect, Darrell Brooks Jr., is due to appear in court in the next few hours.
A girl identified as Jessalyn appears smiling at the camera on a GoFundMe page wearing a Santa Claus cap, along with others from the Waukesha Xtreme Dance group, in a photo taken moments before the accident.
Jessalyn “fights for her life,” according to the fundraising account created by Oscar Luna, a friend of the family. He suffered the loss of a kidney, a broken pelvis, and damage to the liver and lungs.
“This Christmas season will be brutal” for the family, he said.
Brothers Tucker and Jackson Sparks are being admitted to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, according to a fundraiser started by a cousin.
Tucker, 12, is recovering from head injuries, while Jackson, eight, suffered a severe brain injury and “needs a miracle,” according to Alyssa Albro, niece of the children’s parents, Aaron and Sheri Sparks. .
Tamara Rosenstreter was doing what she loved so much, entertaining people as part of the group of Dancing Grannies of Milwaukee, when she was hit by the SUV that claimed the lives of three of her classmates.
The mother of four and grandmother of one led the group, according to an online fundraiser. The organizer posted a message from Rosenstreter: “I’m still here. A lot of pain, stitches, broken bones, bumps and bruises. I love you all”.
Lucero Isabel Perales says that several of her relatives were participating in the parade when the SUV ran over them. A cousin of yours who suffered a skull fracture is in a coma. An uncle required six hours of surgery to repair a broken leg and a cousin had bruises on her body.
“It’s a very tough time for everyone, it was so unexpected,” Perales wrote.
By Tuesday morning, half a million dollars had been raised on the verified GoFundMe pages.