EXCLUSIVE: Woman hit by car at Columbia protest speaks out

1 month 1 week 2 days ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 9:44:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
By: Marina Silva, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - A 25-year-old woman is sharing her story after she was hit by a car Monday during a protest in downtown Columbia.

Anna Knipfel spoke exclusively with KOMU 8 about what happened. 

"I was holding a sign that said, 'No justice, no peace. Prosecute the police,'" Knipfel said. 

She said it happened in the middle of the intersection of Broadway and Providence Road shortly after 8 p.m. 

She said the car ignored a red light and drove through the intersection hitting her. 

Knipfel said she tried to hold onto the car, but fell and hit the pavement. She has injuries to her face, wrist and ankle.

"I would get hit all over again for this cause," she said. "I can't sit back in silence and watch them get hurt, watch them be scared to get pulled over for a traffic stop that they might get shot and killed."

An ambulance took her to University Hospital where she said she was released about an hour and a half later. 

She said her injuries won't keep her from protesting.

"I went back out last night, I went right back out after I left the hospital," Knipfel said. "I will be back out tonight protesting in a wheelchair and I don't care. I will stand my ground for what I believe in."

Columbia police said they have not identified any suspects yet in this incident. 

Knipfel wasn't the only protestor hit by a car. About a half hour later, a 21-year-old woman was hit by a car, but denied medical treatment at the scene. Officers are still looking for a suspect in that case as well.  

(Correction: In a previous version of this story Knipfel was spelled incorrectly. We have fixed the spelling.)

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