Black Lives Matter protester killed after car ploughs into crowd
A 24-year-old woman has died after she was struck by a car during a protest against police brutality in Seattle.
Summer Taylor died in hospital on Saturday evening after a car drove on to a closed section of Interstate 5 and hit two people in the early hours.
Dawit Kelete, from Seattle, allegedly drove the car around vehicles that were blocking I-5 and sped into the crowd about 1:40am, according to a police report released by the Washington State Patrol.
Diaz Love, 32, of Portland, Oregon, is in serious condition in the intensive care unit, after also being hit.
Ms Love was filming the protest in a nearly two-hour-long Facebook livestream captioned ‘Black Femme March takes I-5’ when the video ended abruptly. with about 15 seconds left, shouts of ‘Car!’ can be heard as the camera starts to shake before screeching tyres and the sound of impact are heard.
Another video posted on social media showed a white Jaguar racing toward a group of protesters who are standing behind several parked cars, set up for protection.
The driver, who was alone, fled the scene after hitting the protesters, according to police.
One of the other demonstrators got in 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 in custody, Washington State Patrol Captain Ron Mead said.
Kelete was described by offices as reserved and sullen when he was arrested, according to court documents.
He was booked into the King County Correctional Facility on two counts of vehicular assault. Bail was denied.
A judge found probable cause to hold Kelete on an investigation of vehicular assault.
He faces a second court hearing on Monday at which the judge will determine if he can be released on bail.
The section of road had been closed by the state patrol for more than an hour before the protesters were hit.
Trooper Rick Johnson said the driver went through a barrier that closed the road.
Officers did not know whether it was a targeted attack, but impairment was not considered a factor, police said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Ms Taylor.
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