A car drove through a group of people protesting in Yorba Linda, California. At least two people were seriously injured after the car drove through a demonstration involving members of Black Lives Matter and counter-rally, ABC News reported.
A compact car drove through an intersection, hitting a man and woman in the process. Both victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment where they suffered various injuries according to police.
“The man suffered two broken legs and the woman had major injuries,” Orange County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Dennis Breckner said.
Orange County Sheriff Breckner later told Los Angeles ABC station KABC the woman struck by the vehicle broke both her legs.
Both victims were said to be suffering from non-life-threatening injuries according to Carrie Braun, spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
The suspect was allegedly associated with a group calling itself “Caravan of Justice.” The individual suspected of the hit and run a woman identified as Tatiana Turner was subsequently arrested for suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, according to Breckner.
The BLM protest against police violence and systemic racism began around 2 p.m. on Imperial Highway and was interrupted by counter-protesters supporting President Donald Trump and the police, who waved American flags, held pro-Trump signs chanted “U-S-A.” The two sides verbally faced each other and the situation quickly grew physical with several reports of altercations according to police.
“Approximately 30 minutes after the protests began, we began to receive reports of physical altercations occurring between the two protest groups, including at least one individual who was pepper-sprayed by another protestor,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
About 40 minutes after the protests had begun, the sheriff’s department declared the demonstration an unlawful assembly at around 2:40 p.m. and ordered everyone to leave the area, Breckner said.
There were a total of 250 protesters at the event, Breckner estimated, adding that everyone ultimately left and roads were reopened.
Urban Organizers Coalition another protest organizing group, said in a written statement that the event, called “March for Equality,” was slated to feature speeches from local activists, followed by a march.
“The effort, led by Caravan 4 Justice, brings together a group of over 26 local grassroots organizations committed to raising awareness and seeking action to address racism, police brutality, local injustices and more throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties,” Urban Organizers Coalition said.
The incident occurred in the parking lot or the exit of the parking lot at a public library, injuring two people, Braun said.
Police said the woman who drove into the crowd was chased by dozens of protesters who smashed several of the car’s windows before she was detained. Turner was charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon and was booked into the Orange County Jail.
The incident Saturday comes two days after a person was hit by a pickup truck at a protest in Hollywood as Anewspost reported. Los Angeles police said that their preliminary investigation found that the driver in that situation was attempting to maneuver through the crowd when protesters began beating the vehicle with sticks and attempted to open the door.
No motive has yet been established for Turner’s attempted murder with a vehicle at the time of this report.