2 struck by car in Bloomington as protest wraps up

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UPDATE:

Bloomington police say they are seeking the public’s help in identifying the people involved in an incident that left two pedestrians injured after being thrown from a car Monday night.

ORIGINAL STORY:

BLOOMINGTON — Two people were hit by a car in Bloomington Monday night as a protest in response to a viral video showing what appears to be a racially motivated assault was wrapping up.

Protest organizers told FOX59 a red car drove through the protest and hit two people who ended up on the hood. The driver hit the accelerator and turned, which sent both individuals flying off.

According to the Bloomington Police Department, officers were called to the area just before 9:30 p.m.

Investigators said the incident began near the intersection of North Walnut Street and E. 4th Street. An electric scooter had been left in the road; a red Toyota approached the scooters, and a passenger got out of the car and threw the scooter aside to get it out of the way.

A 29-year-old woman then approached the vehicle and put her hands on the hood of the car, police said. The vehicle accelerated, causing the woman to go up on the hood. A man then grabbed the car, police said, and clung to the side of the car as it continued to accelerate northbound on Walnut Street.

The vehicle then turned onto 6th Street, causing both individuals to fall off the car. The man suffered bruises to his arms. The woman on the hood “appeared to have been knocked unconscious,” police said, and suffered a laceration to her head. She was taken to an area hospital.

Police said they’re aware of several cellphone videos of the incident. Investigators are working to find the car and identify the driver and passenger.

WARNING: Images and audio in video is graphic and may be disturbing to some viewers

(Video By Jaren Vaught)

For the majority of the day, it was extremely peaceful. The protesters said they were angry charges still had not been filed in this case. But they also say these protests are a continuation of other protests that have been happening for months after the George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis.

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