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Columbia police have no suspects in protest hit-and-run incidents

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Protesters hold up signs during a demonstration in downtown Columbia early Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
Hundreds gather at Broadway and Providence Road calling for justice for George Floyd.


Police said Tuesday they have not identified any suspects in two incidents where protesters were hit by drivers Monday night.

The first incident happened at about 8:15 p.m. at Providence Road and Broadway during a protest prompted by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Afterward, officers and firefighters helped the 25-year-old woman who had been hit before she was taken by ambulance to a hospital, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

She was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

The second incident happened a little before 9 p.m. at the same location. A 21-year-old woman told police she was at the intersection when a four-door sedan approached and she told the driver to turn around.

ABC 17 News cameras captured the confrontation, showing protesters striking or throwing objects at the vehicle before it suddenly accelerated, hitting the woman.

The woman refused treatment, police said. Witnesses described the driver as a man with blonde or brown hair.

Both drivers fled from the crash scene, police said.

CPD said the investigations continued and there were no other details to provide.

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