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Police seeking whereabouts of driver who accelerated into group after anti-Racism protest

Police are still working to identify the driver of a red 2015 Toyota Corolla that ran through a group of protesters and injured a woman who was carried on the hood of the car for two blocks after a protest against racism Monday night.

Police are also working to determine the whereabouts of the driver.

Police discovered the address for the registration of the car is no longer a valid address after getting the license plate number for the car and attempting to locate the driver. Police are also looking for the passenger of the car who moved a scooter from Walnut Street shortly before the woman accelerated the vehicle towards the protesters. Capt. Pedigo said during the daily press briefing Tuesday the driver of the car may not be the registered owner.

A man jumped on the car to try to block her view so she would stop, and was also carried toward Walnut and Sixth Street, where he was dumped into the street as the driver took a hard right turn. A group of protesters ran after the car on foot, but reported she escaped the area by driving the wrong direction on Washington Street, which is a one-way street.

According to police at approximately 9:26 p.m. officers from the Bloomington Police Department responded to the intersection of N. Walnut and E. 6th Street in reference to a personal injury crash. Investigators determined the incident began at the intersection of N. Walnut and E. 4th Street. An electric scooter was left in the eastern lane of the street.

Police said a 29-year-old woman stood in front of the vehicle with both hands on the hood of the car, and the vehicle began to accelerate causing the woman to go up onto the hood of the car.

The Bloomingtonian heard a thunk sound and saw the car flash by at the intersection of Kirkwood and Walnut headed north at a high rate of speed, and by the time the author of this article attempted to take a photo the car was turning right on E. 6th Street. A person could be seen hanging on the left side of the vehicle before it turned left.

According to police, the woman, and a 35-year-old man both fell off the car when it turned. The man suffered abrasions to his arms after falling off the vehicle. The 29-year-old woman was knocked unconscious and suffered a laceration to her head. She was transported to the hospital.

***Correction: The car turned right on E. 6th Street***

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