Seattle man sentenced to 6.5 years for vehicular homicide of non-binary BLM agitator who blocked freeway in 2020

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A judge ruled on Friday that the man who drove onto a closed freeway and fatally struck a BLM protester in 2020 will spend 6 and a half years in prison.

In July, Dawit Kelete pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and vehicular assault with aggravating substantial injuries to the victim, as well as reckless driving after driving a car onto I-5 in Seattle that was closed by the Washington State Patrol for Black Lives Matter protestors on July 4, 2020, killing one and seriously injuring another.

Kelete killed activist Summer Taylor, 24, and seriously injured Diaz Love, 32, both of whom identified as non-binary.

During sentencing, Judge Cindi Port said Kelete’s actions were “extremely reckless,” adding that he “…knew that the freeway was closed and he was trying to take a shortcut home. That reckless decision resulted in the death of Summer Taylor and the very serious injuries of Diaz Love.”

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