Nancy Dillon

New York Daily News

A North Carolina man who allegedly used his SUV to mow down someone at a Black Lives Matter protest in Tennessee surrendered to police Monday, according to video and police.

Jared Benjamin Lafer, 27, was charged with one count of aggravated assault for allegedly accelerating his white Ford Expedition and hitting the victim around 7:20 p.m. Saturday, Johnson City Police said.

Disturbing witness video posted on Facebook shows the moment the driver stepped on the gas and plowed into the victim.


The victim appeared to be wearing a mask and holding a camera on the edge of a crosswalk with a dog nearby.

The dog managed to jump out of the way as the SUV’s front passenger-side tire rolled over the victim before the vehicle sped off.

The victim was seen lying motionless on the ground when the video ended.

“Tonight at a peaceful protest for #BlackLivesMatter a car brutally ran over a photographer and a crowd of protesters who were lawfully in a crosswalk,” Facebook user Brent Chaffin said in the caption to the posted video.

The pedestrian was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained during the incident, police said.

After surrendering to authorities at the Washington County Detention Center on Monday, Lafer was released on a $20,000.00 bond.

The resident of Bakersville, N.C., was due to be arraigned Tuesday.

Attempts to reach Lafer on a listed phone number were not immediately successful Monday.

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