Injured Seattle Protester Feared Going Out to Protest After 'Death Threats'

A protester who was struck by a car that drove into crowd in Seattle had written about her fear of going out to protest over the July 4th weekend.

Diaz Love, 32, was struck by the vehicle that drove through a panicked crowd of protesters on Interstate 5 early on Saturday morning. Love, of Portland, Oregon, is in a serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center, spokesperson Susan Gregg said, according to the Associated Press.

Summer Taylor, another protester who was also struck by the vehicle, died in the hospital on Saturday evening.

Just hours before the incident, Love had taken to Facebook and revealed in a post on Friday that she was "scared af" of going out to protest because of "death threats from various hate groups."

"This weekend is a big one. If you've been following the Revolution and protests you know the death threats from various hate groups is real, real this weekend," Love wrote.

"I'll be shocked if some major tragedy doesn't take place in one of our protests in the States this weekend. To say Im scared af to be going out and protesting this weekend is an understatement.

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"But still, my brave Black Femmes will be on their march today. Still, we need to protect Black woman. So I think I'll get in the streets to live stream again tonight. But f**kkkkk I'm scared."

Love had been live-streaming the protest on Facebook for almost two hours when her recording ended abruptly when she was struck by the vehicle. Protesters shout "Car! Car!" Love's filming became shaky seconds before the sound of screeching tires and a loud crash was heard.

Love shared her concerns on Facebook shortly before heading out to livestream protests on Thursday as well. "Headed down to film now. I'd be an absolute liar if I said I wasn't scared and anxious AF. Be live soon," Love wrote.

Dawit Kelete, 27, was arrested in connection with the incident. Police said he drove the car around vehicles that were blocking I-5 and sped into the crowd about 1:40 a.m.

Kelete was booked into the King County Correctional Facility on two counts of vehicular assault, according to the AP, and denied bail.

Washington State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead told a press conference that authorities are not sure if the incident was a targeted attack, but said impairment wasn't being considered a factor.

The incident comes following weeks of sustained protests in Seattle sparked by the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

Earlier this week, authorities cleared the "Capitol Hill Organized Protest" (CHOP), a several block stretch in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, following fatal shootings in the area. Protesters had occupied the area for two weeks in June after police abandoned a precinct there.

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Protesters walk down Interstate 5 after marching there from the area known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) on June 23, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. David Ryder/Getty Images