On Saturday morning, a nonbinary demonstrator was killed while protesting against white supremacy and police brutality in Seattle.
Twenty-four-year-old Summer Taylor was fatally injured when Dawit Kelete, 27, a Black driver of a white Jaguar, hit Taylor and another protester, Diaz Love, on the city’s Interstate 5 highway during this weekend’s protest. Taylor died at a local hospital shortly afterward.
Kelete was arrested by authorities and has since been charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving. He was denied bail, and police say he had been drinking alcohol prior to the incident.
At the time of the attack, the on-ramps onto I-5 had been closed for 19 days as an effort to minimize danger to protesters. However, Kelete was able to get onto the highway by driving in the wrong direction on an exit ramp and swerving around a barricade of vehicles protesters had previously built to thwart interventions from cops and vehicles.
A graphic video of the killing shows Kelete’s Jaguar flying on the highway before hitting Taylor and Love, causing their bodies to fly in the air before landing on the pavement.
The footage also caught Kelete attempting to speed away from the scene, but a fellow demonstrator followed him for nearly a mile and was able to block Kelete's car from exiting the highway.
A GoFundMe page was set up to cover Taylor’s medical expenses. Since going live, the page raised nearly $65,000.
“As many of you have heard, Summer passed away over the weekend,” the GoFundMe organizer, Becky Gilliam, updated this morning. “We will be working with their family to determine how to direct the funds raised here. We are all in complete shock, and still trying to process the loss of this incredible light. We ask that you respect their loved ones during this time.”
The Washington State Patrol has since stated that protesters will no longer be allowed to enter I-5 and that officers would start arresting pedestrians on the freeway.
Love is currently in the intensive care unit of the Harborview Medical Center, and remains in serious condition.