A video circulating on social media that the man ran over the pedestrian and the police allegedly would not put him in hand cuffs but rather let him stand around and smoke a cigarette and protected him. The man he hit was identified as Robert Forbes.
Hitvibz gathered that Robert was laying in the street gasping for air and bloody, unable to speak and had to be taken away in an ambulance.
While the Bakersfield Police Department said the incident appeared to be an accident and that the driver did not intend to hit the protester, who was walking in the street outside a crosswalk.
“No evidence driver hit protester on purpose during the Wednesday march, but investigation still ongoing,” BPD says
The department said witnesses saw the driver’s vehicle hit the pedestrian in the roadway outside of a crosswalk.
“There was no report of any kind of altercation between the driver and the protesters prior to the collision nor was there any report of the driver accelerating or making movements to indicate he was targeting the pedestrian,” the department said.
Later on, Robert Forbes was confirmed to have died in the hospital and all funds raised from gofundme will go to his funeral expenses.
Meanwhile, Kieth Moore has taken to social media to express remorse over the death of Robert, saying that he has no intention of sending the protester to an early grave.
Kieth sent a warm message to Robert’s family, adding that he prays his death does not go in vain and urged him to also guide the people to see the truth.
His message reads;
Let me just say this for the world to here wends night when I crossed over oak St heading east it was about 1020 pm I seen some commotion going on on the left side of the street and I was honestly thinking dui checkpoint and then everything happened so fast it was right there people in the street in front of me I said what the fuck and tried swerving left but it was to late I had hit someone I was hitting the breaks and immediately turned and stopes on the next side street and waited for cops and while waiting I got confronted by many protestors and I was saying I didn’t mean to hit anyone I didn’t mean to hit anyone I didn’t see you guys in the street over and over again I have wanted to go to the hospital and check on this guy and I was told not to so I wouldn’t put my family in danger for an accident…I WILL TAKE THIS TIME TO WHOKE HEARTEDLY TELL THE FAMILY. OF ROBERT FORBES THAT I DID NOT AND WOULD NOT EVER RUN INTO OR HIT ANYONE WITH MY CAR I PRAYED FOR THE MAN AND I KNOW OUR PATHS HAVE CROSSED FOR A REASON IM NIT SUR WHY BUT THEY DID AND IM LOOKING FOR THE POSITIVE IN THIS I HAVNT FOUND IT YET ….MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY …. The thing that gets me the most are the people that say they seen me turn my light out and accelerate and this and that and know they are lieing for what reason I don’t know but they are not good people to lie and the truth is there there are enough peoplw that actually seen everything and cameras and that will be seen….im srry didn’t mean to hit this guy injury him any thing I don’t listen to the news I didn’t know anyone was protesting let alone where……The only thing I ask is that u take a step back and loom at the big picture don’t be sheep and follow what people tell u to think or say do ur own investigation and my family has nothing to do withany of this it was me driving that car and now an accident has put my entire family at risk from people promoting hate…..ROBERT FORBES MAY U REST IN PEACE AND PRAY THAT UR DEATH DOSNT GO IN VAIN ME AND U NOW KNOW THE TRUTH SO GUIDE THESE PEOPLE TO SEE THE TRUTH AMEN