Sadly, Seattle protester dies, driver ID’d as Dawit Kelete – not a white supremacist

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A 27-year-old man drove a car onto a closed freeway in Seattle early Saturday and around cars blocking the road. Black Lives Matter protesters were in the middle of the street in the dark of night dancing and marching during a police brutality rally dubbed the Black Femme March.

The driver struck two people in the crowd, killing one and critically injuring the other, authorities said.

Summer Taylor, only 24 years of age, of Seattle, sadly died in the evening at Harborview Medical Center, spokesperson Susan Gregg said.

Dawit Kelete of Seattle drove the car around vehicles that were blocking I-5 and sped into the crowd about 1:40 a.m., according to a police report released by the Washington State Patrol. Video taken at the scene by protesters showed people shouting “Car! Car!” before fleeing the roadway. However, police say the events are still under investigation.

BAD PRACTICE

Blocking roads in the middle of the night for protests might not be the best practice.

The road was closed so the Black Lives Matter protesters could dance in the street in dark clothes in the middle of the night, keeping travelers from traveling on the I-5.

There were multiple reports that the driver was a white supremacist but he appears to be black.

Kelete was described by officers as reserved and sullen when he was arrested, according to court documents. He also asked if the pedestrians were OK, the documents say.

He was booked into the King County Correctional Facility on Saturday morning on two counts of vehicular assault. Bail was denied.

A judge found probable cause to hold Kelete on an investigation of vehicular assault. He faces a second court hearing on Monday at which the judge will determine if he can be released on bail, according to court documents.

The Washington State Patrol said Sunday evening that going forward it won’t allow protesters to enter I-5 and would arrest pedestrians on the freeway. [FINALLY]

THE DRIVER IDENTIFIED

The driver was identified as Dawit Kelete, age 27 years.

An Instagram page credited to a person named Dawit Kelete showed multiple photos of a Black man having fun in various settings that resembled college life at Washington State University. The man in those Instagram photos appeared to be the same person in the photos circulating on social media.

A LinkedIn page credited to a person named Dawit Kelete identified him as a sales manager as well as an operations manager for DoorDash in Seattle. His education was listed as Washington State University.

No alcohol was involved.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. “…a non binary Black Lives Matter activist…”

    Shouldn’t it just say “a mentally-ill person”???

    Let’s see, a White person demonstrating for Burn Loot Murder, a male, kinda, demonstrating as a female, dancing on an expressway at night, yeah, mentally-ill about sums it up.

    Break out the buckshot, boys, way past time to sort this bunch out.

    TOSIAR

  2. Freight Broker Live made an interesting suggestion. He says if a Hazmat truck, such as a tanker, is re-routed from his assigned route on account of protestors blocking a freeway the Government can file Federal charges using the Hobbs Act. A number of the women had some kind of press briefing and misrepresented nearly all the facts. Something about “white supremacists” on the side of the road filming. So, FBL suggests those women should be charged with murder since they were in the process of breaking the law when the person died as a result. There are cases where co-conspirators were also charged with murder.

  3. Ummm. Let me stand in a road in the midst of a volitle situation attracting nutcases of all sorts. What can go wrong?

  4. roads should not be closed so that protesters can dance in the street. Maybe this man had enough of being delayed. He may be mentally ill and was annoyed by the closed road – roads are meant to drive on and protests should be held on the sidewalk. When the TEA Party was actively protesting, they were made to stand on the sidewalks and never allowed to shut down roads. I blame everyone involved in this accident that could have been and SHOULD have been avoided.

  5. Why in hell were they allowed to “dance the night away” on an Interstate and what consideration was given to people who traveled on the Interstate? Why were these miscreants given preferential treatment? What the hell is happening with authorities.? Why aren’t they doing their jobs instead of pandering to the black whiners?

  6. I don’t feel sorry for the one that just now died. She got what she asked for. Hopefully she doesn’t have any kids to pass on that stupid gene.

  7. These anarchists are keeping the protests going because they get away with it. Now, another of their dummies got herself killed. At least I think she was a she but these days one can’t be sure. And she described herself as nonbinary whatever that means. I guess it means confused. Now the Washington State Patrol claims they won’t allow protesters to enter I-5 and will arrest pedestrians on the freeway. Why had they let this happen up to now? Couldn’t they see something like this was going to happen? Jay Inslee will probably block that bit of common sense or they’ll move their stupidity to another freeway because the incompetent hierarchy in the state patrol only said I-5. Move along, nothing to see here, just another failure on the part of the incompetent Washington State government.

  8. It’s really VERY HARD for me to feel sorry for dumb asses who get run over because they are trying to make a political point in the middle of our highways. She was white, the man who ran over her is black. I might be mistaken, but I don’t think he’s going to see any jail time.

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