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2 women injured when car drives through Seattle protest area

05.07.20, 13:11

Two women were hospitalized early Saturday after a car drove through a protest-related closure on an interstate in Seattle, authorities said. A 24-year-old woman is in critical condition and a 32-year-old woman is in stable condition, the hospital said. Both suffered multiple injuries.

CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO-TV reported that Dawit Kelete is in custody after he fled the scene. The motive was unclear as of Saturday morning, but officials said impairment was not a factor. Kelete, 27, was charged with two counts of vehicular assault, according to KIRO-TV. Bail has been denied. 

Video posted on social media showed a white car that appeared to be driving at a high speed navigate through police barriers toward a small crowd. As people can be heard shouting "car," the video showed the car striking two people who flew into the air as the car continued driving.

Seattle Times reported. Mead said Saturday that the interstate is "simply not a safe place" for protests. 

Protests have been taking place in Seattle since George Floyd's death in Minneapolis on May 25. Police earlier this week broke up the city's "occupied" protest zone, known as "Capitol Hill Occupied Protest," or CHOP, after two fatal shootings in the area. 

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