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Driver remains free after riding into crowd at Native rights event

The incident occurred at an Abolish KKKolumbus Day event in Reno, Nevada, on October 10, 2016. Photo by Elmer Smith (Ben Atteberry)

An 18-year-old man is being investigated for driving his car through a crowd at a Native rights event in Reno, Nevada.

Participants in the event captured numerous photos and videos of the man driving the truck through the event on Monday evening. They want to know why he hasn't been arrested or been charged, especially since one person was hospitalized.

"It was clear the driver acted intentionally,” Quanah Parker Brightman, the executive director of United Native Americans, told the Associated Press.

According to photos shared by participants on social media, the driver and his passenger were seen in the vicinity of the event almost the entire time before the incident.

"It was a hate crime," Brightman told The Reno Gazette-Journal.

The event was held to call for the elimination of Columbus Day and to show solidarity with the #NoDAPL movement.

Read More on the Story:
Reno police prepare charges in pickup, protesters crash (AP 10/12)
Reno police eye charges in truck vs. protesters incident (The Reno Gazette-Journal 10/12)
Driver plows through Reno protesters under arch (The Reno Gazette-Journal 10/11)
Native American protesters injured as truck plows through crowd on Nevada roadway (KFOR 10/11)
Video shows pickup truck plowing into Native American rights protesters (The Guardian 10/11)