Driver, 27, who hit Seattle protesters, killing one and injuring another, is charged with vehicular homicide and remains in custody on $1.2million bail

Prosecutors on Wednesday filed three felony charges against the man who hit two protesters with his car, killing one, while driving on a Seattle freeway that was closed for Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
The King County Prosecuting Attorney's office charged Dawit Kelete, 27, with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving. He's scheduled to be arraigned on July 22 and remains in custody on $1.2million bail.
Kelete drove around vehicles that were parked on Interstate 5 to protect the protesters, hitting two people at about 1.40am Saturday, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Summer Taylor, a 24-year-old veterinary clinic worker, suffered critical injuries and died Saturday night. Diaz Love, 32, from Portland, Oregon, was hospitalized in serious condition. Prosecutors said Love suffered multiple leg and arm fractures and internal injuries and remains hospitalized.
In a note posted on Facebook late Sunday, Love reported being 'alive and stable'.
'In a lot of pain. I cannot believe Summer was murdered,' the post said. 'If they thought this murder would make us back down, they are very wrong. Very wrong.'
Kelete's lawyer, John Henry Browne, said his client did not intentionally hit the protesters. He said the crash was a 'horrible, horrible accident'.
'There's absolutely nothing political about this case whatsoever,' Browne said. 'My client is in tears. He´s very remorseful. He feels tremendous guilt.'
Kelete appeared in court on Monday wearing handcuffs chained to his waist. During his only court appearance, the judge prohibited photographers from taking pictures of his face because he had not yet been charged
Kelete appeared in court on Monday wearing handcuffs chained to his waist. During his only court appearance, the judge prohibited photographers from taking pictures of his face because he had not yet been charged
Summer Taylor (pictured), 24, a veterinary clinic worker, suffered critical injuries and died Saturday night
Diaz Love (pictured), 32, from Portland, Oregon, was hospitalized in serious condition
Summer Taylor (left), 24, a veterinary clinic worker, suffered critical injuries and died Saturday night. Diaz Love (right), 32, from Portland, Oregon, was hospitalized in serious condition
Prosecutors said Love (pictured in the hospital) suffered multiple leg and arm fractures and internal injuries and remains hospitalized
Prosecutors said Love (pictured in the hospital) suffered multiple leg and arm fractures and internal injuries and remains hospitalized 
Kelete is originally from Eritrea, in northeastern Africa, and is a US citizen, Browne said. He lives with his parents in Seattle, and they're very religious, he said.
During his only court appearance, the judge prohibited photographers from taking pictures of his face because he had not yet been charged.
A message seeking comment from Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County said they have no comment on the charges.

Kelete was the owner of the Jaguar XJL and was alone in the car, according to the state patrol.
A security camera on the REI building captured Kelete's car driving the wrong way up the Stewart Street I-5 exit ramp, past numerous warning signs that said 'Wrong Way,' according to the charging document. 
Since it was an exit ramp, 'a driver must make a deliberate and sharp right U-turn in order to drive southbound on I-5,' the document said.

Kelete drove (the car above) around vehicles that were parked on Interstate 5 to protect the protesters, hitting two people at about 1.40am Saturday, according to the Washington State Patrol
Kelete drove (the car above) around vehicles that were parked on Interstate 5 to protect the protesters, hitting two people at about 1.40am Saturday, according to the Washington State Patrol
Taylor and Love are seen being put into ambulances by first responders after they were hit by the car on Interstate 5
Taylor and Love are seen being put into ambulances by first responders after they were hit by the car on Interstate 5
He was traveling at freeway speeds when he first noticed the demonstrators, the document said.
The protesters screamed and scattered as the car approached. A graphic video shows the vehicle approaching at a high rate of speed.
It appeared to swerve slightly as it came toward two people still in the road. The car slid sideways as it hit the two protesters, sending them into the air.
'The defendant stopped several hundred yards from the scene,' prosecutors said.
'He was approached by witnesses who yelled at him to exit the vehicle. After the witness began hitting and pushing his vehicle, the defendant drove away at a high speed,' prosecutors said. 
Emergency personnel work at the site where a driver sped through a protest-related closure on the Interstate 5 freeway in Seattle, authorities said early Saturday
Emergency personnel work at the site where a driver sped through a protest-related closure on the Interstate 5 freeway in Seattle, authorities said early Saturday
Kelete's lawyer, John Henry Browne (pictured), said his client did not intentionally hit the protesters. He said the crash was a 'horrible, horrible accident'
Kelete's lawyer, John Henry Browne (pictured), said his client did not intentionally hit the protesters. He said the crash was a 'horrible, horrible accident' 
He was followed by one of the protesters, who was able to stop Kelete's car by driving in front of him until state troopers arrived.  
Kelete agreed to take a field sobriety test for drugs and alcohol. The tests showed he was not impaired, the state patrol said.
'The driver was reserved and appeared sullen throughout his time in custody,' Trooper James McGuire wrote in the arrest report. 'At one point he asked if the injured pedestrians were okay.'
Seattle has been the site of prolonged unrest following the May police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which sparked nationwide protests.
The state patrol had closed a section of I-5 for 19 days in a row because of the protesters, troopers said. 
Going forward, officials said they won't allow protesters to enter I-5 and will arrest pedestrians on the freeway.
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