Update July 05, 10:18 am – A 24-year-old Seattle protester died Saturday night after the protester and another person were hit by a car that drove onto a closed interstate where demonstrators were gathered to denounce police brutality and racism.
Summer Taylor was struck by the vehicle and hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, according to Washington State Patrol Captain Ron Mead. Taylor later died from the injuries. Diaz Love, 32, from Bellingham, remained in serious condition in intensive care.
More: All his social media photos below? They are all gone, cleaned. And what do we have about brother Dawit Kelete today?…college degree, two sports, software engineer. Family? Zippo. Friends or co-worker interviews…zippo. How he got into the US? … zippo.
This is a profile of a CIA guy coverup, and I am waiting for the story to blow over during these turbulent times, which it probably will. I am still waiting to read why Seattle authorities let this group block a freeway for 13 days, and am curious as to why the Feds would sit quietly while an interstate freeway is blocked for this long, holding interstate commerce hostage. Apparently truck drivers’ lives don’t matter.
We will do what we always do, a dual track A, B, C analysis of what is in front of us as evidence, and then what so many miss…which is what should be in front of us but is not, a strong hint that someone does not want that string pulled… Jim W. Dean
The CIA has flooded American campuses with the sons of Somali pirates, warlords and high ranking al Qaeda operatives. Sometimes it backfires just as with the Saudi pilots who started murdering US Naval Aviators.
With hundreds, perhaps thousands of children in cages, each one with stronger immigration status than this…
— J4ke (@J4k3_C4mpb3ll) July 4, 2020
I looked around to find photos of the victims whose lives are now changed forever. This should be a lesson for all those out protesting, that they have to not forget about security in such situations, and not let the fun part of it lull them asleep.
That said, they need to find a more productive way to do their work than closing down a freeway for 13 days. If they don’t give a crap about other people, why should anyone care about them. They are lacking ‘style’. We will try to follow up on their condition.
Here is Summer Taylor.
And here is Diaz Love. Their names seem to be street names, breaking away from their birth names, which people do for a variety of reasons.
SEATTLE (AP) — A 27-year-old man drove a white Jaguar onto a closed freeway in Seattle early Saturday and barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters, critically injuring two women, officials said.
Dawit Kelete of Seattle drove the car around vehicles that were blocking Interstate 5 and sped into the crowd at about 1:40 a.m., according to a police report released by the Washington State Patrol. Video taken at the scene by protesters showed people shouting “Car! Car!” before fleeing the roadway.
Summer Taylor, 24, of Seattle and Diaz Love, 32, of Bellingham were in critical condition with multiple injuries, according to Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
Love was filming the protest in a nearly two-hour-long Facebook livestream captioned “Black Femme March takes I-5” when the video ended abruptly; with about 15 seconds left, shouts of “Car!” can be heard as the camera starts to shake before screeching tires and the sound of impact are heard.
The driver, who was alone in the Jaguar, fled the scene after hitting the protesters, Trooper Chase Van Cleave told The Associated Press. One of the protesters got in a car and chased the driver for about a mile. He was able to stop him by pulling his car in front of the Jaguar, Van Cleave said.
Troopers arrived and the driver was put in custody, Washington State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead said.
Kelete was booked into the King County Correctional Facility at 7:24 a.m. Saturday on two counts of vehicular assault. Bail was denied. It was not immediately clear if Kelete had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
Officials were trying to determine the motive as well as where he got onto the interstate, which had been closed by the state patrol for more than an hour before the women were hit. Mead said they suspect Kelete drove the wrong way on a ramp. Trooper Rick Johnson said the driver went through a barrier that closed the freeway before striking the women.
Troopers did not know whether it was a targeted attack, but impairment was not considered a factor, Mead said.
Seattle has been the site of prolonged unrest following the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which sparked nationwide protests. Dozens of people were arrested this past week in connection with protests as demonstrations continue after authorities cleared the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone Wednesday morning.
Protesters had shut down the interstate for 19 days in a row, Mead said at a press conference.
The State Patrol responded by closing sections of the interstate to keep drivers and protesters safe.
“In a time that requires care and flexibility, we are exercising the safest means possible to avoid injuries or worse to motorists, protesters, WSDOT personnel and our troopers by closing the roadway and separating protesters from vehicular traffic,” Chief John Batiste said in a statement on June 27, responding to complaints about the road closures.