Protester hit by car speaks out


CHATTANOOG, Tenn (WDEF) – Over the Weekend we showed you a video of a car driving through a group of protesters.

That car did hit one protester as they were walking near the Chattanooga convention center.

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The person hit by the car was 28 year old Jonathan Wingo, he says he heard a noise, turned around and saw the car coming right towards him.

Wingo walked away with just a few bumps and bruises but says he’s upset that some people have this mindset to hurt peaceful protesters. 

“ As mad as I am about getting hit by a car the thing that really upsets me the most is the fact that there are so many people out there that are actually encouraging this kind of thing. I know there have been all kinds of posts on social media about oh just drive through the protesters,” says Jonathan Wingo.

Chattanooga Police say they do have an investigator looking into it and if you have any information about the incident or the driver of the car contact law enforcement. 


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Joeli Poole joined the WDEF News 12 Team in April 2019 as a Reporter and Producer. You can find her reporting during the week and when not on camera; she's producing the 6 and 11 shows. Joeli grew up with a love for reporting, starting in middle school. She has been the anchor for her middle and high school TV stations, along with the Sports Anchor for her College TV Station. Joeli grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moved to Tennessee when she 10 years old. She went to Cleveland Middle school and Walker Valley High School. She graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor's degree in Communications. Being from the area, Joeli loves being able to help tell the stories of her community. In her spare time, Joeli enjoys watching her LSU Tigers, hiking, and playing with her dog. Feel free to email any story ideas at