Witnesses testify about first fatality, other injuries in Waukesha Christmas parade trial
Jackson Sparks Death, Obituary – On Tuesday, the first victim of the Waukesha Christmas parade attack will testify in the Darrell Brooks trial. A vehicle struck and killed 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, who was participating in the procession with his baseball team. President of Blazers Baseball Jeff Rogers claimed to be present with his three children. Before he noticed the red SUV approaching the group, Rogers claimed he heard yelling. He claimed that he pulled his nearest daughter out of the danger right away and started looking for his other two children. That is how he came upon Sparks.
“Jackson was motionless on the ground, eyes open, didn’t appear to be aware,” Rogers said. Rogers said he was unsure if Sparks was alive at that time. He later learned Sparks died from his injuries. Brooks took a moment to dab his eyes with a tissue and took a deep breath before starting his cross-examination of Rogers. He also took a notecard out of the Bible he keeps with him in the courtroom. Sparks’ older brother and two of Rogers’ children were injured in the parade, according to testimony. A Blazers coach also testified about his injuries sustained from the parade.
Before they could even see what was coming, according to witnesses, they heard the sounds from behind them shift. When they finally noticed a red SUV, it was almost too late to stop anyone from getting hurt. Kelly Grabow reported that she and her daughter, who is now 10 years old, were participating in the march with Burris Logistics. She testified in court that she turned to see what was happening after hearing screams behind her. I hit the red car, went to the side, landed between the Burris Logistics float and the red car, and I saw the tire go directly in front of my face, said Grabow. “As I turned, all I saw was the hood of a red vehicle.
“She was lying in the middle of the road and there were some people around her trying to help her and her shoes were down the road as well as her glasses,” Grabow said. Grabow said her daughter was treated at Children’s Wisconsin for severe bruising, a broken hand, and road rash. Grabow said she ignored her injuries until her daughter was home safe. She then was treated for ligament damage, bruising, and road rash.
Two former Waukesha Xtreme Dance coaches testified about the moment the car struck multiple dancers in the group. “I thought maybe there was brake failure happening because it was going so fast,” Jaimie Sutton said. Alyssa Gajewski teared up as she watched video evidence of the incident. Gajewski said she was at the hospital with some of the girls.
“She was flitting in and out of consciousness as I held her hand and tried to persuade her to clutch it so she would like stay awake. She would fall asleep and then abruptly awaken crying “explained Gajewski. A detective from the Waukesha police department testified about a speed investigation done on the car Brooks is accused of driving through the procession. He claimed that at one point during the procession, it indicated the car was traveling between 33 and 34 miles per hour.
Once more, the court praised Brooks for his insightful questions during his turn to cross-examine witnesses. Julius Kim, a lawyer who is not connected to the case, told CBS 58 that Brooks is improving his ability to defend himself on the spot.
Kim said Brooks’ defense strategy is coming into focus. It appears to be a three-pronged attack: identification, intent, and sovereign citizen. Brooks is quick to object to a lot of the state’s questions. Dorow told the defendant he was not always stating those objections correctly. For example, Brooks objects to reasons of hearsay, when it is not. Kim said that is one of the disadvantages of self-representation. Full Story
Tributes to Jackson Sparks
As a result of the announcement of Jackson Sparks’s passing being made public, friends, family, and other people who were close to Jackson Sparks are going through a period of intense grief. I don’t believe that life should be viewed as something terrifying. In my opinion, it’s very similar to getting a soothing massage after a long day at the office. In the end, you will have to pick yourself up and head back to work at some point. To sum it all up, that pretty much sums up life, death, and the economy.