UPDATED Aug. 30 at 11:20 p.m.
The Hudson County district attorney said at a press conference Tuesday night that the driver of the vehicle who plowed into a group of people at a Waukesha parade in front of the massive American flag will be charged with first-degree reckless homicide and six counts of hit-and-run causing death.
Prosecutors also said that they are seeking to extradite Mr. Nehls from New Jersey.
UPDATED Aug. 29 at 7:32 p.m.
Jared T. Nehls, an 18-year-old man from Woodbridge, N.J., is in custody in Wisconsin following a crash that left six people dead and over 20 injured, according to the CNN affiliate WISN in Milwaukee.
Mr. Nehls, a U.S. Marine veteran, was driving a Jeep Wrangler in Waukesha, a small city in southeastern Wisconsin, when it struck a group of people on Aug. 26 and fled the scene, according to an official with the Town of Brookfield Police Department.
“This is an egregious act that has nothing to do with patriotism,” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said at a Tuesday evening press conference. “This is a human tragedy and the people of our state have now lost two family members.”
Mr. Nehls allegedly was out drinking with friends when he lost control of his Jeep, which hit the crowd. Police received an initial call of a hit-and-run vehicle, but later found the Jeep abandoned in an industrial area. Officials arrested Mr. Nehls on August 30, officials said.
CBS News, citing local police, reported that Mr. Nehls was driving on a revoked license, driving without insurance and there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol in his system.
UPDATED Aug. 29 at 8:17 p.m.
According to local police, four people from Wisconsin were killed and over 20 others injured in a hit-and-run crash at a wedding in a village in Wisconsin’s largest county, Waukesha County, according to multiple news reports. The crash occurred at a location on Clybourn Avenue, about a half-mile east of State Highway 83. The “WisDOT Stray Dog Run” was hosting a neighborhood children’s softball tournament and an American Legion post was hosting a flag-raising at the time of the incident.
A T-shirt for sale at the Duffy’s BBQ restaurant in Waukesha, moments after a Waukesha intersection crash killed at least 4 and injured more than 20 bystanders on Aug. 26, 2011. (Fredrik Persson/AFP/Getty Images)
“As of this time we have a lot of eyewitness accounts which indicate the vehicle may have been speeding,” Waukesha County Sheriff Chris Schmaling told Fox News. “That’s part of our investigation right now.”
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker called the crash a “tragedy.” He asked those affected to be strong, and said in a Facebook post: “I’m keeping all those who have been injured and their families in my thoughts and prayers. We will get to the bottom of this.”
UPDATED Aug. 29 at 2:41 p.m.
The deaths of six people and 21 people injured in the crash, which occurred during a group of people in a Waukesha neighborhood on Tuesday, may be caused by alcohol, authorities said.
“At this time we have information that that was a contributing factor in this accident,” Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack told a morning news conference. “We will not be identifying exactly what type of alcohol, whether it was on the driver or anything else like that.”
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