Driver of auto that plowed into crowd protesting white nationalists identified


Fields was booked into the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail and faces possible charges of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run.

Police say his auto ploughed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting against the white nationalist rally, killing the woman and injuring at least two dozen others.

The Washington Post reported that the silver 2010 Dodge Challenger involved in the crash was registered to Fields. His name was not immediately released. The driver then rapidly reverses away from the scene.

Police said only that the crash is under investigation and have not commented on specific aspects of the crash.

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The AP is also reporting a Virginia state helicopter crash that killed two people near Charlottesville was related to the rally.

Charlottesville has become a flashpoint for white nationalists following a City Council vote in February to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park formerly called Lee Park.

"What the world saw today is not the place Charlottesville is", Thomas said of the violence that preceded the scheduled rally. Virginia State Police said injuries ranged from life-threatening to minor.

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