Two Seattle protesters hit by auto on highway, one critically injured

Washington State Troopers investigate the scene where two people in a group of protesters were struck by a car on Interstate 5 while the highway was closed to traffic due to the protest in Seattle Washington U.S

Two Seattle protesters hit by auto on highway, one critically injured

Video footage showed people yelling, "Car!"

"Whether they're protesters, whether they're homeless, whether they're broken down motorists, the freeway is simply not a safe place for pedestrians and we've said that steadfast", he said.

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A group of people protesting in support of Black Lives Matter were doing so on a closed stretch of Interstate 5 in Seattle, Washington on Saturday night when a auto somehow got onto the road and appeared to intentionally run down two of the activists. They are also investigating how the driver of the entered the closed freeway. "But. the freeways are an inherently unsafe place for any pedestrian, and that is especially so for those assembling illegally on them. We feared something like this would happen", Mead said.

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The man was charged with two counts of vehicular assault, although his motive remains unknown and it is not clear if he was targeting the demonstrators. Kelete remained in jail without bail on Sunday. However, these could be upgraded as the investigation develops. "Our city stands beside their friends, families and loved ones in praying for these women and all who were there", Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan wrote on Twitter. Now, hours later, Taylor has passed away from her injuries, dying in the hospital after being transported there after the incident.

'Summer is an incredibly strong and independent spirit.

A colleague of Taylor's at the Urban Animal veterinary clinics told the Seattle Times that Taylor had been a frequent presence at protests. "They're trying to intimidate the most recent wave of BLM protesters to stop their movement".

Summer Taylor, 24, of Seattle, died Saturday night at Harborview Medical Center.

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Ms Love was filming the freeway protest in a Facebook livestream post called Black Femme March takes I-5 when the video ended abruptly. The Associated Press could not immediately reach her.

Protesters were on the motorway for more than an hour before the vehicle drove around the blockade at around 1.36am, Mr Mead said.

The incident came about a month after a man allegedly drove a vehicle drove through a barricade and brandished a gun at a group of protesters that had commandeered a section of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood and turned it into an autonomous zone. Since early June, the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone had been home to demonstrations demanding changes to policing and funding cuts to the force.

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