Father reveals how he pushed daughter out of harm’s way at Waukesha parade

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A man who witnessed tragedy at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, has revealed how he came within two feet of an SUV, killing five people and injuring 40 others.

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Thomas Cluka Jr., who was at the parade on Sunday with his wife and teenage daughter and a friend, said he saw the SUV approaching him as he shouted for his family to proceed.

Officials have confirmed five deaths so far, and as of Monday, six children remain in critical condition at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.


“I saw him coming from the middle of the crowd and I saw that something was not right”, said Mr. Kluka Jr. Today, “And then I saw people flying as soon as I stood up”.

He continued: “I’m like ‘Oh no.’ My daughter stood up, I pushed her out of the way, then I basically shouted, ‘Get out of the way,’ and my wife got out of the way.

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The family was among dozens of people who witnessed an SUV smashing barricades during the annual Christmas parade.

The suspect and alleged SUV driver Darrell Brooks, 39, was identified on Monday morning.

An investigation continues amid speculation that he was on the run from a crime when he broke barricades around the Christmas parade.

Mr. Kluka Jr. described how the SUV “came right behind me within at least two feet” and that he “could have touched the oncoming car.”

He added his daughter, who has been involved in the parade for most of her life: “I wanted to get her out of the way, my main concern was to get her out of the way, just to make sure she was okay.” He and his friend.”

“If I had to be hit, I had to be hit, I was just making sure they got out of the way.”

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Waukesha

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