Two protesters are in serious condition after a car sped around vehicle barricades and struck a group of protesters that were blocking Interstate 5 in Seattle late Friday.
The incident, which was captured from a nearby livestream, took place shortly before midnight when a white Jaguar struck the group of protesters who were blocking the interstate. Several protesters were hit, with two women transported to Harborview Medical Center, one 24-year old woman from Seattle with life threatening injuries and another 32 year old woman from Bellingham with serious injuries.
Graphic video caught the impact. Viewer discretion is advised.
The 27-year old driver was caught on multiple videos travelling the wrong way onto the interstate, going around the vehicles blocking the interstate and striking several protesters at high speed. The protesters were seen being launched in the air due to the impact of the collision. While police are listing the incident as a hit and run, newly released video shows the white Jaguar stopped a short time after the accident, when protesters started attacking the vehicle, causing him to continue down the road. A pickup truck is also seen apparently chasing the vehicle. Either fireworks or gunshots can be heard in the video which was posted on twitter.
A Facebook live stream titled “Black Femme March takes I-5” from user Diaz Love ended suddenly when protesters begin to shout about a car and then the camera starts to shake before what might have been an impact. It is unclear if this user was one of the women hit by the car
During a press conference early Saturday morning, the Washington State Trooper Captain Ron Mead said suspect is facing multiple felonies. Impairment is not believed to be a factor in the incident.
When asked if the WSP would provide protection for these protesters when they block interstates and protest on highways. Mead said that the freeways are “simply not a safe place” for pedestrians and that and that he hopes protesters would stop the “unlawful behavior of blocking the interstate.”
“My hope is, as a result of this tragedy, protesters will reconsider their desire to be on the interstate because I cannot guarantee their safety, plain and simple,” Mead said.
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