Seattle: 2 women hospitalized after vehicle drives at BLM protesters

A man is in custody after driving through a crowd of protesters demonstrating on a Seattle, Washington freeway early Saturday morning. Two women were rushed to the hospital, one with life-threatening injuries and the other in a serious condition. Authorities have not identified the driver. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A 24-year-old woman is fighting for her life after being hit by a driver while participating in a protest in Seattle, Washington, early Saturday morning.A 27-year-old Seattle driver somehow made his way onto a closed section of Interstate 5 around 1:30 a.m., and drove through a crowd of protesters before authorities were able to stop the vehicle and take him into custody, ABC News reports. Authorities have not released the name of the driver, but say he faces multiple felony charges.His vehicle struck multiple people, sending a 24-year-old woman and a 32-year-old woman to the hospital, according to the Associated Press. The 24-year-old woman is in a life-threatening condition, while the other has serious injuries. —Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) July 4, 2020Seattle has been the scene of multiple Black Lives Matter protests in recent weeks, a part of the larger nationwide protests in response to Minneapolis Black man George Floyd’s death. 

One witness told KING 5 that it was a “purposeful attack.” Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson wrote on Twitter that they are investigating what motivated the incident, and how the driver entered the closed freeway. Washington State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead told the AP that the driver was suspected of entering the freeway via an off-ramp. Mead added that the driver was not impaired at the time. 

The Seattle protests linked to BLM have caught national attention.The CHOP — which stands for “Capitol Hill Occupation Protest,” and was initially known as the CHAZ, or “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” — emerged several weeks ago as a part of anti-police brutality and anti-racism protests in the city.The autonomous zone that took over a network of streets began with a positive, festival vibe that has evolved into violence, a man who lives nearby previously told Insider.On Wednesday, 100 heavily armed police officers swept through the CHOP “autonomous zone” morning carrying out a city order to clear the area.

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