UPDATE: NC lady in viral racist videos passes away after being struck by fire dept. truck – Resident Times

13July 2020

CLOSE ASHEVILLE-A female whose racist video rants and attack on a Black teenager

and female in a hijab made worldwide news has died after being struck by a fire department pickup. Rachel Dawn Ruit of Terry’s Gap Roadway in Henderson County suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by the Asheville Fire Department car July 13 in West Asheville,

according to authorities and a witness. Asheville Police Department spokesperson Christina Hallingse validated that Ruit died July 14. The APD is investigating the occurrence.

Asheville Fire Dept. offers acknowledgements

Asheville Fire Department officials released a declaration Wednesday on behalf of the city offering acknowledgements to Ruit’s family for “injuries she sustained as a pedestrian struck July 13 by an Asheville Fire Department lorry.”

“This is a disaster for all included,” City Supervisor Debra Campbell stated in the statement. “Chief Burnette and I connected to Ms. Ruit’s household to share our deepest compassions. We likewise extend our acknowledgements for all those who knew her.”

Fire Chief Scott Burnette added, “The fire department, especially our firefighter who was associated with this occurrence, is deeply saddened by this event. We are fully working together with the authorities department’s investigation and hope Ms. Ruit’s friends and family can discover some solace knowing we care during this challenging time.”

How it took place: Asheville woman in racist video tirade ripped off hijab, got Black teen’s groin Jonathan Rowell stated he saw the accident in the eastbound lanes of the major thoroughfare.”I just experienced the same woman from that video unintentionally march into traffic on Patton Avenue, going towards downtown Asheville, as she was walking with traffic coming from behind her,” Rowell published on Facebook. “The Asheville Fire Department truck that you see in the background is the automobile that she stepped out in front of.”

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