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Deona Knajdek was killed and three other people were injured when a vehicle drove into demonstrators during a protest in the Minneapolis neighbourhood where a Black man was fatally shot this month during his attempted arrest by members of a federal task force, police said Monday.
Her age is unclear.
The crash happened at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighbourhood. Witnesses said the driver of an SUV struck a parked car, tossing it into the crowd of demonstrators. Police spokesman John Elder did not confirm that account and said authorities are still investigating.
Police said protesters pulled the driver from his vehicle and witnesses told police that demonstrators began striking him. The driver was taken into custody and was being treated for injuries at a hospital.
A witness told Minnesota Public Radio that the SUV was going very fast and appeared to accelerate as it got closer to demonstrators who had blocked off a street. D.J. Hooker said the driver struck a car parked across one of the traffic lanes, sending that car flying.
“There was one line of barriers and then a second barrier, and he sped up. He sped up. He went even faster as he approached us. You could hear it … start going even faster as he got close to us,” Hooker said. He told Minnesota Public Radio, “the car went through the air and it hit a young woman.”
Police say Nicholas Kraus was pulled from his SUV by protesters after the 11:39 p.m. Sunday crash in the Uptown neighbourhood, was taken into custody and was being treated for injuries. Police say drugs or alcohol may have been a factor.
There have been ongoing protests in Uptown since the shooting on June 3 of Winston Boogie Smith Jr., a 32-year-old Black man and father of three, by members of a federal U.S. Marshals Service task force.
Police said the driver’s motive was not immediately known, but that a preliminary investigation indicated drugs or alcohol may have been a contributing factor.
Besides the woman who died, three other protesters were injured, police said, without describing the extent of their injuries.
Other injuries and deaths have been reported involving vehicles at protests across the U.S. as people have increasingly taken to the streets to press their grievances. In Minneapolis, marching onto freeways has become a common tactic in recent years. Last year, a semitrailer rolled into a crowd marching on a closed Minneapolis freeway following George Floyd’s death. No one was seriously injured.