According to reports, members of a youth dancing team were among those who sustained injuries when a drunk driver drove through the Christmas Parade in Wisconsin on Sunday night.
Witness who spoke toSam Kraemer of Fox 6 Now reported that the red SUV struck up to 20 Waukesha Xtreme Dancing Team girls at an annual Waukesha celebration.
Corey Montiho is a Waukesha School District board member and said that his daughter danced with the driver when he struck him.
“There were pom-poms and shoes and spilled hot chocolate everywhere,” Montiho said.
The report didn’t specify if Montiho was referring to the Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team — or potentially a separate youth squad.
“I had to go from one crumpled body to the other to find my daughter. My wife and two daughters were almost hit,” the father told the newspaper.
“My family is safe but many are not. I held one little girl’s head in my hand, she was seizing and she was bleeding out of her ears. I held her mother as she collapsed,” he said.
A Facebook post by the dance school addresses the mayhem of the parade.
“Thank you for everyone who has reached out checking on the safety of Xtreme Dance Team members and their families,” the school wrote.
“At this time, we ask that the media and those reaching out, give us and our families time and privacy to process the tragic events of this evening.”
Just hours after the violence broke out, police stated at a press conference that at most 12 children were among the victims. At most 11 adults were also among those who died in the chaos.
Numerous fatalities were also reported by police, though they did not provide any further details.
According to Chief Daniel Thompson of Police, a person of interest was already in police custody. The motive for the arrest is not being ruled out as terroristic.