One Dead After Car Hits Protesters At Va. White Supremacist Rally

One person was killed and 19 others were injured after a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters marching against a “pro-white” rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., witnesses and officials said.

Video of the terrifying moment shows at least one person being tossed into the air as the silver Dodge Charger mowed into the crowd.

“Yeah, it was intentional,” said witness Dan Miller. “About 40 miles an hour, hit about 15-20 people, crashed into the two cars in front of it, and then backed up and sped away while cops were standing on the side of the road and didn’t do anything.”

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People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.

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Five of the wounded pedestrians were in critical condition while four others were suffering serious injuries. Six were in fair condition, and four others were listen in good condition, officials said Saturday night.

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An Associated Press reporter saw at least one person on the ground receiving medical treatment.

People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.> 20 photos view gallery Protesters injured as a car purposefully mows down the crowd following 'Unite the Right' rally

“I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will--go home,” Charlottesville mayor Mike Signer tweeted about an hour after the horrifying crash.

A second video show the silver car reversing down several blocks, its front bumper dragging along the ground, as the driver flees the scene of the carnage.

People tend to a counter-protester lying on the ground after he was hit by a car Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.

People tend to a counter-protester lying on the ground after he was hit by a car Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.

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Tensions in the Southern city had already been high as protesters and opponents clashed early ahead of a massive gathering of white nationalists, neo-Confederates and alt-right activists.

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Thousands of protesters and opponents descended upon the usually sleepy college town of Charlottesville, hours after torch-carrying of white supremacists marched through the campus of the University of Virginia.

James Fields Jr. (c.) of Maumee, Ohio, holds a shield associated with the hate group Vanguard America as he and others stand in front of the statue of Robert E. Lee at Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va. around 11 a.m. Saturday morning.> 51 photos view gallery White supremacists and protesters clash following two-day rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

At least two people were injured earlier as demonstrators, many clad in combat and Nazi gear, with the “Unite the Right” rally and opponents stormed into a downtown park and used pepper spray on one another, officials said.

“There was someone in a dark vehicle that sped, very quickly, down this road and rammed into the crowd,” witness Nic McCarthy told C-VILLE Weekly. “People... He backed up and he went back in again.”

McCarthy said he wasn’t sure how many people were injured.

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“A dozen at least,” he said. “There was a girl that was caught and she was trying to get up and it ran over her again.” 

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Source : http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/car-mows-protesters-virginia-white-supremacist-rally-article-1.3406210

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