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Car plows into protesters in Minneapolis, killing woman

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The Hill
 2021-06-14
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  • A man drove into a group of protesters near where a Black man was killed by U.S. Marshals earlier this month.
  • The driver was pulled out of the wrecked car by protesters and assaulted and restrained before being taken into custody.
  • Authorities have yet to say whether the crash was accidental or intentional.

One woman is dead and three others are injured after a man drove his vehicle into a group of protesters late Sunday night in Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) says the incident happened just before midnight at the intersection of Lake Street and Girard Avenue. Demonstrators were gathered in the area to protest the shooting death of Winston Boogie Smith Jr., a Black man who was gunned down by U.S. Marshals in the city earlier this month.

One woman was critically injured at the scene and later declared dead at the hospital. Police said three others suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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The driver was pulled out of the wrecked car by protesters and assaulted and restrained before being taken into custody. The suspect sustained injuries during the incident and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Authorities have yet to say whether the crash was accidental or intentional, but The Star Tribune reports police said the use of drugs or alcohol may be a contributing factor in the crash.

The news outlet identified the protester who was killed as Deona M. Knajdek.

“She was using her car as a street blockade, and another vehicle struck her vehicle and her vehicle struck her,” Garret Knajdek, Deona’s brother, told The Star Tribune.

Protesters have been holding demonstrations in the area for days following the death of Smith, who was from St. Paul. The deadly shooting occurred less than two weeks after the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

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