A Black Lives Matter protester died in the hospital less than 24 hours after being hit by a car that was plowed into a crowd of protesters in Seattle.
24-year-old Summer Taylor died of injuries during the collision, which occurred shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday on a cordoned-off section of Interstate 5.
She was taken to Harborview Medical Center because of a serious injury before she passed away on Saturday evening.
Taylor, who worked at a veterinary clinic in Seattle, was described as “incredibly strong and independent spirit” in a GoFundMe account set up after the crash.
“Summer is a smart and caring person whose presence makes others happy and laughing,”
Fellow protester, Diaz Love (32), was also beaten during the hit-and-run. Diaz is still in serious condition at the Harborview Medical Center.
Love filmed the protest on Facebook Live as the white jaguar raced through the crowd. The footage shows people saying “Auto!” Scream. before Love’s camera begins to shake and the sound of the impact is heard.
The jaguar’s driver, Dawit Kelete (27), raced away from the scene, but was later arrested.
Officials are trying to find out why Kelete got on the highway, which had been shut down by the state patrol for more than an hour before the demonstrators were hit.
24-year-old Summer Taylor died in the hospital less than 24 hours after being hit by a car that was plowed into a crowd of protesters in Seattle
Love and his colleague, Diaz Love, are brought to the ambulance by first responders after being hit by a raging car on Interstate 5
Diaz Love, 32, (pictured) was also hit by the white jaguar during the hit-and-run. She is still in serious condition at the Harborview Medical Center
After the incident, another protester got into a car and chased Kelete for about a mile. The protester was able to stop him by pulling his car in front of the Jaguar.
Soldiers came and Kelete was arrested.
Kelete was directed to the King County Correctional Facility at 7:24 a.m. on Saturday for two vehicle attacks.
Bail was refused. It was not immediately clear whether Kelete had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.
Washington State Patrol captain Ron Mead said they suspect Kelete had gone the wrong way on a ramp. Soldier Rick Johnson said the driver had passed a barrier that blocked the freeway before hitting Love and Taylor.
In the collision, the two demonstrators were blown up, leaving one with life-threatening injuries and the other with serious injuries
Rescue workers look after an injured person on the ground after a driver crashed into Seattle’s Interstate 5 freeway due to a protest block
After the collision on Interstate 5 in Seattle on Saturday, police cars, fire engines and ambulances stormed the scene
Interstate 5 in Seattle shows clothing and other items scattered after the collision early Saturday morning
The soldiers did not know if it was a targeted attack, but impairment was not considered a factor.
After the murder of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis on May 25, which sparked nationwide protests, Seattle was the scene of ongoing unrest.
Last week, dozens of people were arrested in connection with protests as the demonstrations continue after authorities cleared the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) zone on Wednesday morning.
Mead said at the press conference that demonstrators had closed the highway for 19 consecutive days.
He stressed that the highway was “simply not a safe place” for pedestrians and hoped that the demonstrators would stop what he called “illegal behavior” when the highway was blocked.
The Washington State Patrol released two pictures (one above) of the white jaguar. The picture shows damage to the front of the vehicle
“I hope that as a result of this tragedy, the demonstrators will reconsider their desire to be on the highway because I simply cannot guarantee their safety,” said Mead.
The demonstrators were on the freeway for more than an hour before the car drove around the blockade around 1:30 p.m., Mead said.
The state patrol tweeted two pictures of the driver’s car, a white jaguar with significant damage to the bumper and windshield.
Seattle police tweeted that they would assist the State Patrol with the scene, as the freeway’s southbound lanes remained closed to investigation.
The picture above shows the consequences of the collision on Interstate 5 in Seattle when the Washington State Troopers are investigating
Several police cars were on site and the soldiers collected evidence after the collision early Saturday morning
Washington State Patrol officials investigate the scene after the Seattle collision early Saturday morning