Woman, small child, struck by vehicle at Temecula Duck Pond protest

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    A driver struck at least one person at the Temecula Duck Pond this afternoon, while crowds gathered to protest the killing of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a white police officer in Minnesota earlier this week.

    The person who was struck appeared to be a woman pushing a stroller with a baby inside, according to witnesses at the scene. The baby appeared to be uninjured, but the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department confirmed one victim suffered minor injuries.

    Witnesses said that it appeared the vehicle lost control before careening into the crowd, and that the woman was taken away in an ambulance.

    The driver remained at the scene and was cooperative with deputies, Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Deanna Pecoraro said. It’s not believed the crash was intentional, but the matter remained under investigation.

    Protesters were at the Duck Pond for much of the morning to express their outrage at Floyd’s death, which prompted protests and riots across the country. Floyd died after a white officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck while taking him into custody in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25. The officer, George Chauvin, has since been fired by the Minneapolis Police Department. He was later arrested and charged with third-degree murder on Friday, May 29, five days after Floyd’s death and only after a public outcry.

    The Duck Pond protest, attended by roughly 350 people, has so far been entirely peaceful, according to witnesses, and police were not present until the pedestrian crash.

    Kim Harris contributed to this report.

    This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

    Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.