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Facebook Live video spurs hate crime charges against woman after 'Spanish privilege' rant

Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times on

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The two vehicles never made contact, but the other vehicle crashed into a curb and a pole.

A man got out and started yelling at Dolores and her daughter, who waited at the scene for police to arrive, Dolores said.

Dolores said she didn't know at the time that the other driver -- Jametski -- was apparently trapped inside.

An accident report by the King County Sheriff's Office corroborate Dolores' account and notes there was no impact between her vehicle and Jametski's 2005 Buick LaCrosse. Dolores and her daughter aren't named in the collision report.

Jametski was cited for passing in a no passing zone and contested the infraction, but it's unclear from King County District Court records if or how the case was resolved.

During the Facebook video, the woman purported to be Jametski says she's planning to sue Delores and her family. But there's no indication in court records that Jametski has filed a lawsuit.

Near the beginning of the video, Jametski allegedly says she was on her way to a therapy appointment when she decided to follow her neighbor instead. At one point, she talks about how she'd like to ram the car in front of her.

"You get a super good look, everybody. This is what it calls (sic) to be Spanish privileged in America, yeah, this is what we call Spanish privileged and she's going right to where I used to live. Welcome to my neighborhood."

Later at the school, Jametski allegedly uses a racial slur and tells Dolores: "You have no freakin' right to go to this school, you don't even have a right to be in this country. You totaled my car and I'm going to have great privilege in suing your (expletive)."

Dolores said after viewing the video, she felt unsafe.

"Why else film it live and put it on Facebook unless she was planning to do something or riling somebody up to do something?" Adriana asked. "She's putting a target on us."

Dolores hopes other people of color won't hesitate to call 911 to report a hate crime as she initially did.

"If we don't report a crime, the police won't know what is happening and can't do anything," she said. "We immigrate because we want a better country for our kids. ... This is a beautiful country of immigrants."

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