A 24-year-old died after being hit by a car during a protest against police brutality in Seattle.
Non-binary protester Summer Taylor died in hospital on Saturday night after a car arrived in a closed section of Interstate 5 and hit two people in the early hours.
Dawit Kelete, of Seattle, allegedly drove the car around vehicles blocking the I-5 and rushed through the crowd around 1:40 am, according to a police report released by the Washington State Patrol.
Diaz Love, 32, from Portland, Oregon, is in serious condition in the intensive care unit after being shot.
Ms. Love was filming the protest in a nearly two-hour live stream on Facebook titled “Black Femme March take I-5” when the video ended abruptly. with about 15 seconds left, he shouts “Auto!” can be heard when the camera starts shaking before screeching tires and the sound of impact is heard.
Another video posted on social media showed a white Jaguar running towards a group of protesters standing behind several parked cars, set up for protection.
The driver, who was alone, fled the scene after hitting the demonstrators, according to police.
One of the other protesters got into a car and chased him for about a mile.
He was able to stop him by pulling his car in front of the Jaguar.
Officers arrived and the driver was put into custody, said Captain Ron Mead of the Washington State patrol.
Kelete was described by the offices as reserved and somber when he was arrested, according to court documents.
He was admonished in the King County Correction Center for two reasons of vehicular assault. The bail was denied.
A judge found probable cause to detain Kelete in an investigation into the vehicular assault.
He faces a second court hearing Monday in which the judge will determine if he can be released on bail.
The section of the street had been closed by the state patrol for over an hour before the demonstrators were shot.
Soldier Rick Johnson said the driver crossed a barrier that closed the road.
The agents didn’t know if it was a targeted attack, but compromise was not considered a factor, police said.
A GoFundMe page was created for Taylor.
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