WSP detectives seeking witnesses to I-5 hit and run which killed a Seattle resident

Sunday, July 5, 2020

WSP has identified this as the vehicle
which was involved in the hit and run on I-5

At approximately 1:36am on July 4, 2020, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) responded to a serious injury hit and run collision on SB I-5 and Olive Way.

The WSP closed both directions of I-5 for protest activity at 11:56pm on July 3rd. 

This was the 19th consecutive night protesters had entered the freeway. 

As protesters were gathered along the SB lanes of I-5, a passenger car, that appears to have entered I-5 from an exit ramp, drove through the group at a high rate of speed, striking two protestors.

Video footage from King 5 HERE

The passenger car continued driving SB on I-5 until it stopped near Edgar Martinez Way. WSP Troopers contacted and arrested the driver. 

The suspect is a 27 year old male from Seattle, Dawit Kelete, who is under arrest. Impairment does not appear to be a factor and the cause remains under investigation. The two people who were hit were both transported to Harborview Medical Center.

They include a 32 year old individual from Bellingham, Diaz Love, who suffered serious injuries and is currently in serious condition at Harborview. 

The other is a 24 year old Seattle resident, Summer Taylor, who died of their injuries.

WSP detectives are seeking any information, pictures, or videos from witnesses to the collision. Contact Detective Todd Early at 253-348-1891 or by email at Todd.Early@wsp.wa.gov.

Correction: both protesters identify as non-binary and use the pronouns they and them.
Update: Suspect's name has been released by WSP


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