Teen survivor of Waukesha Christmas parade attack returns home

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Teen survivor of Waukesha Christmas parade attack returns home

A Wisconsin teenager who was seriously injured in the deadly Christmas parade attack has been sent home — and faces a long recovery.

Erick Tiegs, 16, was marching with the Waukesha South High School band on Nov. 21 when an SUV rammed into the parade route, killing six and injuring 62. He was released from the hospital earlier this week, WTMJ-TV reported.

The teen’s father, Donald Tiegs, a Caledonia firefighter, said his son injured his spine, vertebrae, femur, skull, and shoulder. He also suffered a collapsed lung in the attack.

Footage aired by WTMJ shows the teen gingerly getting out of a car and into a wheelchair at the family home — where relatives built a new ramp for the chair.

“Getting in the car was a little hard for him, getting out was a little better,” his dad said. “It’s still painful for him to stand up, it’s hard for him to move without putting any weight on that leg… But he’s strong. He’ll get through that.”

This video screen shot taken from the Facebook live streaming of the City of Waukesha, shows a red SUV speeding through the holiday parade crowd in Waukesha, Wisconsin, November 21, 2021.
Erick Tiegs was performing for his high school marching band when Darrell Brooks allegedly drove a Red SUV and plowed through the crowd, killing six people.
City of Waukesha/AFP via Getty Images

Darrell Brooks, a 39-year-old career criminal, is facing six counts of first-degree intentional homicide after allegedly plowing his SUV into the crowded parade.

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