I-5 Protesters Hit by Speeding Car- 1 Dead, 1 in ICU
On Saturday at around 1:40 a.m., a white Jaguar slammed into two protesters who were standing in a blocked off area on I-5 near Seattle. One of the persons, Summer Taylor, 24, died at Harborview Medical Center. The other woman, Diaz Love, 32, is in serious condition in the ICU.
Here is the video of the incident on I-5 from Saturday.
The Washington State Patrol arrested Dawit Kelete, 27, after one of the protesters jumped into his car and chased him for about a mile down the freeway. Then he drove his car in front of the Jaguar to stop it.
Here are two pictures of the suspect vehicle that struck two protesters on I-5 this morning. Investigation into motive and point of entry in to I-5 are still under investigation. pic.twitter.com/gU1QH6TFTu
— Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) July 4, 2020
The I-5 freeway was closed at the point of the hit and run, and police were investigating whether it was a targeted attack. Washington State Patrol will no longer allow pedestrians on I-5 and released a notice that stated from now on anyone on the freeway will be arrested. [Note: that should have been the original plan in the beginning. “Protesters” on the freeway at 1:40 a.m. was a disaster waiting to happen. It is generally illegal to be a pedestrian on a freeway anywhere in the nation- even hitchikers normally have to wait at entrance/exit ramps for a ride. It took someone getting killed to force compliance with the law.]
— WA State Patrol (@wastatepatrol) July 5, 2020
Washington State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead told Fox News that the protesters had shut down I-5 for 19 days in a row. The death of Summer Taylor is just another tragedy that could have been avoided if the law had been obeyed, and police had been allowed to enforce it. But in weak-kneed Seattle, bending to the will of the protesters has been standard. It was likely not the idea of the police to allow protesters on the freeway.
The driver, Dawit Kelete, was taken to King County Jail and denied bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. Authorities do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved.
From Governor Jay Inslee to Mayor Jenny Durkan, it has taken death and mayhem to jar them into reality.
Featured photo: screenshot via video by Larry Lubramanian