The Washington Post
SUV Crash Into Wisconsin Christmas Parade Is Latest Among Deadly Car-Ramming Incidents
By Annabelle Timsit
Police say that the driver of an SUV that plowed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis. Sunday, killing five people and wounding 48, did not appear to know anybody in the parade.
At a news conference Monday afternoon, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said police are “confident” that the suspect, identified as Darrell E. Brooks Jr., 39, acted alone, and there is “no evidence this is a terrorist incident.”
Car-ramming incidents have become all too familiar in the United States and around the world.
They have an explicit endorsement from the Islamic State, for instance, as they are relatively simple and inexpensive to carry out — but can cause great harm if done in very crowded areas. They are also becoming a more prominent tool in attacks against protesters by far-right or far-left groups.
Driver suspected of killing 5 at Wisconsin parade was speeding away from a knife fight, officials say
One of the most well-known such incidents occurred in 2017, when avowed neo-Nazi James A. Fields Jr. rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, killing one person and injuring 35 others.