Victims of Wisconsin highway crash released from hospital

Family will speak at St. Peter’s Church in Sheboygan on Sunday evening. No cause of death has been released for the boy’s parents. Two adults were killed when an out-of-control vehicle plowed into a…

Victims of Wisconsin highway crash released from hospital

Family will speak at St. Peter’s Church in Sheboygan on Sunday evening.

No cause of death has been released for the boy’s parents.

Two adults were killed when an out-of-control vehicle plowed into a parade float during a Wisconsin Independence Day celebration, spurring a three-day manhunt for the driver.

Michael Nolan was released from hospital Saturday and his cousin Ryanne Mace was released earlier in the day, the Polk County sheriff said. Both were initially reported in stable condition. The 10-year-old son of the victims remains in critical condition at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee.

Authorities on Wednesday charged Eric Knudson, 28, with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide. The man was being held on a $2m bond and was denied bond at a brief court appearance on Thursday. Knudson was not at the scene when the crash occurred.

The killings on Monday afternoon in Waukesha, about 30 miles west of Milwaukee, sent shockwaves through the community. Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil on Wednesday night.

Knudson, a US army veteran, pleaded not guilty to the charges on Thursday, but did not enter a plea and the court set a preliminary hearing for 24 June.

Knudson had served at Fort Benning, Georgia, as an operations specialist, said court records. He had received numerous awards, including the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.

Authorities have said the crash occurred when Knudson’s vehicle “jumped the curb and struck” the float at the festival. The trial date was set by Judge Mark Biernacki on Friday, who also set Knudson’s next court appearance for 24 June.

Authorities have not disclosed a possible motive.

• This article was amended on 22 June 2019 to remove the wrong spelling of the driver’s last name.

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