Asheville woman in viral hate speech video hit by vehicle, in critical condition

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ASHEVILLE, NC (WLOS) — A woman known for going viral for her racist rants from downtown Asheville is in critical condition after she was struck by a vehicle.

Officers responded to Patton Avenue Monday afternoon after reports of a pedestrian being struck in the roadway, the Asheville Police Department said.

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Officers located Rachel Dawn Ruit suffering from life-threatening injuries. Ruit was taken to a hospital and is in critical condition.

An Asheville Fire Department vehicle was involved in the crash, officials said.

The investigation into this crash is ongoing.