Asheville woman in viral hate speech video dies after being hit by vehicle

ASHEVILLE, NC (WLOS) — An Asheville woman caught on camera hurling racist insults at a couple has died after being hit 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.

Officers located Rachel Dawn Ruit suffering from life-threatening injuries. Ruit was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but she later died from her injuries.

Officials said an Asheville fire truck was involved in the crash.

It is not clear why she was in the road, but an investigation is underway.

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