The person who drove a car into a group of Black Lives Matter protesters in Seattle early Saturday morning and left two of them in critical condition has been identified. The Associated Press reported that Dawit Kelete was behind the wheel of a white sedan that swerved directly into the protesters marching on a local highway, hitting two women. A graphic video circulating on social media showed the point of impact that violently flung the victims’ bodies high into the air over Interstate 5.
Kelete was taken into custody shortly afterward. But aside from his name, little else was known about the 27-year-old man. That includes the motive for what on the surface seemed to be the latest in a recent trend of people who oppose the protests against racism and police violence using their vehicles as weapons to ram protesters with.
The protesters who were hit were also identified. Summer Taylor, 24, of Seattle and Diaz Love, 32, of Bellingham both suffered multiple injuries.
Before Kelete’s name was announced, people on social media suggested the driver had political motivations for the violence.
Video of the incident has gone viral. It follows below and is graphic in nature.
Another video emerged on social media purporting to show the white sedan’s driver in the car after the collision with the protesters.
Footage from the scene where the protesters were hit was recorded, as well.
An Instagram page credited to a person named Dawit Kelete showed multiple photos of a Black man having fun in various settings that resembled college life at Washington State University. The man in those Instagram photos appeared to be the same person in the photos circulating on social media.
A LinkedIn page credited to a person named Dawit Kelete identified him as a sales manager as well as an operations manager for DoorDash in Seattle. His education was listed as Washington State University.
The apparent hit and run early Saturday morning came as Seattle was dealing with the fallout from other protests in the city, including the are where the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) has been taking place. The Seattle Police Department has been arresting and removing anti-law enforcement protesters from the CHOP zone, a location with no cops where a Black teenager was killed and another was injured.
This is a developing story that will be updated as additional information becomes available.
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#TheTakeBack: Thousands of protesters marching from 110th & Central Park West in #Harlem. They started gathering near Frederick Douglass Circle and are walking close to 8 miles to #WashingtonSquarePark. Many are wearing face coverings and chanting #BlackLivesMattters @CBSNewYork pic.twitter.com/QBa2gdZiL0— Cory James (@CoryJamesTV) June 6, 2020
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