2017 Charlottesville protests


Car plows into crowd during protests in Virginia, killing 1

PUBLISHED Sat, August 12, 2017 - 2:11pm EDT

A vehicle has plowed into a crowd of people during protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman and injuring nearly 20 others, local officials say. The driver - 20-year-old James Fields, Jr. from Ohio - has been charged with murder. (more)

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. ET on Saturday when crowds of people were marching down a street in the city of Charlottesville. Most people at the location appeared to be counter-protesters against a white nationalist rally.

Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas confirmed that one person, a 32-year-old woman, was struck and killed as she was crossing the street. Her name was not immediately released and it's unclear if she was participating in any of the protests.

A total of 35 people were treated for injuries as a result of violence during the day, including 19 people who were struck by the car, Chief Thomas said. Of those struck, 5 were said to be in a critical condition, 4 serious, 6 fair, and 4 good.

"The suspect vehicle that left the scene of the crash was located moments later and the [suspect] is in custody with charges pending," Chief Thomas said. "We are currently treating this as a criminal homicide investigation."

A jail official identified the suspect as 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr. from Ohio. He was charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count of failing to stop at the scene of a deadly accident. Fields lives in the city of Maumee, according to his vehicle's registration.

Video footage showed that multiple cars were driving in between protesters when one car suddenly plowed into people at a high rate of speed. The vehicle reversed and fled the scene but was located elsewhere in Charlottesville a short time later.

Fields' mother, Samantha Bloom, told The Blade newspaper that her son had sent her a text on Friday to say he was going to an alt-right rally in Virginia. "I told him to be careful [and] if they're going to rally to make sure he's doing it peacefully," she was quoted as saying.

About three hours after the crash, a Virginia State Police helicopter which was monitoring the protests went down in a wooded area on the outskirts of Charlottesville. Both occupants were killed in the crash. (To read more on the helicopter crash, click here.)

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              Volunteers in Charlottesville took to the streets of the city on Sunday (August 13) to clean up what was left behind after a protest had turned violent and caused the death of one woman and the injury of at least 19. At the site where a 20-year-old man from Ohio rammed his car into anti 'Unite The Right' protesters, a make shift memorial has been erected with flowers lining the road and visitors paying their respects. James Valles reports. (BNO News) Read More

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              President Donald Trump has addressed the violence during the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a car was driven into counter-protesters, killing at least one person and injuring 19 others. Trump said he condemned the "egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides."

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