Protester, 24, dies after being hit by car driven through crowds in Seattle

A protester has died after being hit by a car that drove through crowds of Black Lives Matter demonstrators marching peacefully in Seattle.

Summer Taylor, 24, died on Saturday evening after they were struck by a white Jaguar at 1.40am that morning, police said.

Footage from the scene shows people shouting “Car! Car!” as Dawit Kelete drives the vehicle through a roadblock and into Summer and Diaz Love, 32, launching them into the air.

Pic: Go fund me
Image:Summer Taylor died in hospital after being hit by the car early on Saturday morning. Pic: GoFundMe

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The 24-year-old was filming the march for a Facebook livestream captioned “Black Femme March takes I-5” before the clip starts to shake and the sound of the crash is heard.

Diaz, of Portland, Oregon, is still in a serious condition in intensive care, police spokesman Susan Gregg said.

The driver, who like Summer is from Seattle, fled the scene but was chased by a protester who got in their car and managed to block his path so police could arrest him.

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Kelete asked if the protesters were okay before being booked into the King County Correctional Facility on two counts of vehicular assault, court documents said. He was denied bail.

Investigators are looking into how he was able to drive onto the road after it was blocked off for the protests by state patrols more than an hour beforehand.

Image:A candlelit vigil was held at the scene on Sunday

Seattle has seen major unrest since the death of George Floyd in May.

A designated Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) zone was set up in the city centre for two weeks where activists staged demonstrations calling for an end to racial injustice and police brutality.

It was torn down last week over police claims it was “lawless” after two teenagers died and three other people were injured in late-night shootings there.

An online crowdfunding page to help Summer’s family has raised $61,000 (£49,000).

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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