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Driver hits Uptown protesters in Minneapolis, killing 31-year-old woman and injuring others


David Joles/Star Tribune

A man drove into and killed a woman among protesters at an Uptown Minneapolis intersection late Sunday. Here, a couple looked at a growing memorial to the woman. A family member identified Deona M. Knajdek, of Minneapolis, as the protester who was killed. She was to have celebrated her 32nd birthday on Wednesday.

A woman who died after a driver slammed into a parked car used to block streets for protesters in Uptown late Sunday was remembered by family as a person committed to social justice and "constantly sacrificing herself" for others.

The driver who crashed into the parked car killed 31-year-old Deona M. Knajdek, of Minneapolis, and injured at least two others who had gathered at W. Lake Street and S. Girard Avenue, near where Winston Boogie Smith Jr. was fatally shot by law enforcement on June 3 during an attempt by a U.S. Marshals Service task force to arrest him in a parking ramp.

Knajdek died after being taken by ambulance to HCMC, police said. A second protester also struck and taken by ambulance to HCMC. Two more people from the incident later sought medical attention at nearby hospitals, said police spokesman John Elder.


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