The Driver who hit two protesters and killed one on the 4th of July in Seattle has been charged with Vehicular homicide and faces multiple years in prison.
Many have pointed out that the protesters should not have been blocking the street at night however that appears it is being overlooked and he is being hit with a stiff charge. His bail is at $1.3 million.
Dawit Kelete, 27, has been charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving. Prosecutors requested $1.2 million bail, the criminal complaint filed in King County, Washington, Superior Court states.
Kelete was booked Saturday into the county jail. His attorney did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Seattle for weeks has been the scene of protests against police brutality and systemic racism, including in the six-block Capitol Hill Organized Protest area that police left in early June. Authorities cleared the zone on July 1.
Three days later, Kelete — travel Three days later, Kelete — traveling at “freeway speeds” — drove his white Jaguar XJL the wrong way up an Interstate 5 exit ramp just before 1:36 a.m., security footage from an REI store shows, according to the complaint.
The driver had to make a “deliberate and sharp right U-turn in order to drive (southbound) on I-5,” the document says, adding that “numerous red signs warning that the driver is going the Wrong Way and Do Not Enter” were posted.