Wednesday, August 4, 2021

NC Woman in Viral Racist Videos Dead After Being Hit By a Fire Truck (Video)

© Asheville Police Dept. Rachel Dawn Ruit mug shot
© Asheville Police Dept. Rachel Dawn Ruit

*The white North Carolina woman who made international news when video of her racist rant against a Black teen went viral, died Tuesday (July 14) after she was struck by a fire department pickup truck.

Rachel Dawn Ruit of Terry’s Gap Road in Henderson County suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by the Asheville Fire Department vehicle on July 13 in West Asheville, according to police and a witness. Asheville Police Department spokeswoman Christina Hallingse confirmed that Ruit died July 14, according to the Asheville Citizen Times. The APD is investigating the incident.

Witness Jonathan Rowell said he saw the accident in the eastbound lanes of the major thoroughfare. “I just witnessed the same lady from that video accidentally step out into traffic on Patton Avenue, going towards downtown Asheville, as she was walking with traffic coming from behind her,” Rowell posted on Facebook. “The Asheville Fire Department truck that you see in the background is the vehicle that she stepped out in front of.”

Ruit, 41, was arrested July 4 after she ripped off a woman’s hijab and grabbed a teenager in the groin after saying she needed to be “put down” and threatening to rape her. She was arrested and charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and second-degree trespass, all misdemeanors.

Watch the July 1st incident below, or click here to watch on the Asheville Citizen Times website.

Ruit also went viral in June for yelling racial slurs at protesters near the Vance Monument.

Watch below.

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