Police: 2 women hit by car on Seattle highway amid protests

Seattle Protest Accident
This early Saturday, July 4, 2020 photo provided by the Washington State Patrol shows the vehicle of Dawit Kelete who is suspected of driving into a protest on Interstate 5 in Seattle. Seattle has been the site of prolonged unrest following the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (Washington State Patrol via AP)

SEATTLE (AP) – Authorities say a 27-year-old man in drove a car onto a closed freeway in Seattle and barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters, critically injuring two women.

A Washington State Patrol report says Dawit Kelete of Seattle drove around several vehicles that were blocking Interstate 5 and sped into the crowd early Saturday.

He was taken into custody and charged with two counts of vehicular assault.

Troopers say impairment isn’t believed to be a factor, but the motive is under investigation.

Seattle has been the site of prolonged unrest following the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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