Three bystanders were injured when a motorcyclist left the roadway and ran into a crowd of peaceful protesters on Sunday afternoon in Federal Way, a fire official says.
Around 4:30 p.m. May 31, two women and one infant were struck by a motorcyclist near Pacific Highway South and South 320th Street.
A male motorcycle rider in his late 20s lost control of his motorcycle while attempting to ride it standing on the seat, said Federal Way Police Cmdr. Kurt Schwan. The rider crashed into a group of people at the 1600 block of South 320th Street, the same location where a peaceful rally was being held by 200-300 people. The two women, and the infant, who were struck were participants of the protest.
All three victims were treated for minor injuries and transported to St. Francis Hospital as a precautionary measure, according to Capt. Brad Chaney, public information officer for South King Fire and Rescue.
The motorcyclist, who was not injured, was arrested and booked into jail for reckless driving, Schwan said.
Federal Way’s demonstration event was held to protest the May 27 death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died after a white officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes as Floyd said “I can’t breathe.” The officer has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Prior to the motorcycle accident in Federal Way, the Sunday protest was peaceful and did not need intervention from law enforcement, said FWPD Cmdr. Kurt Schwan.