Two women struck by car during Seattle protest

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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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