Two protesters in Seattle seriously injured when hit by car on closed highway
Two protesters in Seattle were seriously injured early Saturday morning when they were hit by a car that drove onto a closed interstate.
A 24-year-old from Seattle was struck by the vehicle and hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, Washington State Patrol Captain Ron Mead said at a news conference. A 32-year-old from Bellingham was hospitalized with serious injuries and remains in stable condition.
The driver, a 27-year-old man from Seattle, was arrested and faces multiple felony charges. It’s unclear if the collision was a targeted attack, authorities said.
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Mead said the protesters entered the interstate around 12:17 a.m. and just after 1:30 a.m. a white car drove onto the roadway and struck the two women.
A video posted on Twitter showed the car traveling down the road and driving past three parked vehicles before barreling toward the protesters. People are seen on the video scrambling to get out of the way but the vehicle strikes two of them.
Here are two pictures of the suspect vehicle that struck two protesters on I-5 this morning. Investigation into motive and point of entry in to I-5 are still under investigation. pic.twitter.com/gU1QH6TFTu
A photo released by police showed the car with front-end damage and a cracked windshield.
“We do not know exactly where the vehicle came on but we suspect he came on the wrong way, on a ramp. He did not come through one of the closure points that we had posted,” the captain said, adding that officers do not believe driver impairment was a factor.
“We don’t know at this point of the investigation what the motive was, what the reasoning was,” Mead said.
The captain urged protesters to cease holding demonstrations on the highway.
Minyvonne Burke is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.