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Wyandotte woman arraigned in hit-and-run at Black Lives Matter protest

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Taylor — A 68-year-old Wyandotte woman has been charged in a hit-and-run incident during a Black Lives Matter protest that injured a protester, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced Monday.

Orlene Alberta Jones, 68, was charged in connection with the incident that left a 45-year-old Van Buren Township woman injured in June. Jones was arraigned Monday in 23rd District Court in Taylor and given a $1,000 personal bond. She was not able to attend the arraignment but was on a phone line.

The incident occurred around 7:20 p.m. June 16 on the 23300 block of Goddard. The protesters were walking south on Telegraph, crossing Goddard in Taylor, when Jones allegedly drove east on Goddard and stopped her vehicle in the roadway close to the protesters and then drove off, striking the 45-year-old female protester.

The protester was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.

A male protester jumped off his bike to avoid being struck by the car, according to the prosecutor's office. Jones allegedly drove over the man's bike, causing extensive damage, and then allegedly fled the scene.

Jones is charged with misdemeanors of failure to stop/report a personal injury accident, failure to stop/report property damage accident and malicious destruction of property of $200-$1,000.