Summer Taylor, a 24-year-old veterinary clinic worker, suffered critical injuries and died Saturday night.
The Driver who hit the two victims is a 27-year-old man who was taken into custody by Washington State Police. It came across as a very deliberate attack, with the driver being arrested and charged with vehicular assault.
Dawit Kelete of Seattle drove the auto around vehicles that were blocking I-5 and sped into the crowd about 1:40 a.m., according to a police report released by the Washington State Patrol. The video ended all of a sudden and shouts of "Car!" Car!' before fleeing the roadway.
Protesters have been walking on the freeway since the death of George Floyd in police custody.
Taylor was participating in a peaceful protest against racism and police brutality in Seattle on July 4 when a auto ploughed into the crowd, striking two of the protesters. Diaz Love, 32, also of Portland, Oregon, was also hit and remained in serious condition Sunday.
Our hearts go out to Summer Taylor's friends, family, and loved ones during this unimaginably hard and gut-wrenching time. "At this time we're not suspecting drugs or alcohol as a factor in the crash".
Washington State Patrol offered their condolences to Taylor's family and friends, while Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said the city supports the victims' loved ones. A protester jumped into his own vehicle managed to chase down Kelete and block his vehicle until police arrived. Mead instead, said that the tragedy should serve as a warning for protestors who want to take over interstates.
"Early this morning two women were hit by a vehicle and very seriously injured while peacefully protesting".
The state patrol said in a statement shared on Twitter that they would stop letting protesters enter I-5.
He was denied bail as officials determine a motive and try to deduce how he was able to get onto the closed highway. This happened after authorities cleared the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest Zone (CHAZ) on the morning of Wednesday 1 July.
Mead stressed that the freeway is "simply not a safe place" for demonstrations and said he hoped the protesters would cease the "unlawful behavior" of blocking the interstate.