Woman Killed, Three Injured After Car Drives into Protesters in Minneapolis

A driver killed one woman and injured three after he drove his car into a crowd of protesters last June 13 at the Uptown neighborhood in Minneapolis, according to police.

Demonstrators were protesting against the fatal police shooting of Winston Boogie Smith Jr., a Black man, last June 3 and to demand more transparency in the investigation, when a car suddenly plowed onto a crowd.

According to a statement, police took the driver, later identified as Nicholas David Kraus, 35,  into custody after protesters pulled him out of the vehicle following the crash.

The driver “sped up. He went even faster as he approached us,” activist D.J. Hooker of the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar told Minnesota Public Radio.

Police did not confirm the driver’s motive but said that preliminary investigation indicated the use of drugs or alcohol.

Authorities have also not released the names of the driver and the victims.

However, Garrett Knajdek, who lives in Georgia, identified the victim who died as his sister, Deona.


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