Black Lives Matter activist hit by car speaks out

Isiah Wagoner, 29, is a member of Black Unity and was hit by a white Subaru at the corner of N. Adams and Clark Street.

Posted: Jun 29, 2020 7:01 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- A Black Lives Matter activist who was hit by a car during a children's march Sunday evening is speaking out.

Black Unity member Isiah Wagoner, 29, was hit by a white Subaru at the corner of N. Adams and Clark streets. He said when he saw the car speed up toward the intersection, his main concern was protecting the children walking through.


"What was going through my mind was seeing babies laying on the ground," Wagoner said. "I wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing because I have my family out there and there were so many other families out there."

One day after the collision, Wagoner is at home resting, recovering from injuries. Doctors told him his muscles on the side he was hit are bleeding but he should make a full recovery. Wagoner said he and his family are still rattled by what happened Sunday.

"My daughter was scared for her dad’s life," Wagoner said. "She was terrified. I got to deal with her being in tears and seeing if her dad was going to come back again and my lady was terrified in tears as well."

Wagoner said he is grateful members of the protest were able to chase down the car with him and locate the driver.

"It’s a beautiful thing to see that people want to stand up in the face of something so wrong," Wagoner said. "That’s what we’re striving to do and what we’re marching to do here.​"

There is a GoFundMe to help Wagoner with his medical bills and at last check, nearly $8,000 has been donated.

There is also a petition demanding justice for Wagoner, and so far 1,600 people have signed it.

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