Sheriff’s office was tracking suspect prior to fatal Waukesha car crash

Wisconsin investigators are trying to track down the suspected driver of a car that hit and killed an 84-year-old parade goer during an annual celebration in Waukesha.

Several people have been arrested on suspicion of being drunk and in possession of drugs at the event that drew about 200,000 people for a procession of holiday floats.

According to police reports, a car was speeding and swerving through the parade. Police tell the Journal Sentinel that the driver appeared to try to hit the parade goers, hitting one woman who was pushed to the ground.

Police say the car crashed into a crowd, killing the 84-year-old woman and injuring a second person. Several people were arrested for disorderly conduct.

Late on Sunday, Waukesha police chief Russell Jack updated reporters at a press conference, saying an investigation has begun. “This was a very sad accident,” Jack said. “I know our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victim.”

Police say the car had “suspicious” license plates. He also said that the car had been previously reported stolen. A vehicle detail detective has been assigned to the case and authorities say they will be working around the clock.

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