Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Police identify suspect in Virginia car ramming

Police identify suspect in Virginia car ramming

The auto allegedly plowed through a crowd, and at least one person has died from the incident, following the shutdown of the "Unite the Right" rally by police after white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" and counter-protesters clashed near Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

The driver in the fatal vehicle wreck in Charlottesville has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., Colonel Martin Kumer confirmed to CBS News.

The victim of the deadly crash was a 32-year-old woman who was crossing the street, according to law-enforcement officials. Altogether 35 people were treated.

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

White supremacists clashed with counter protesters during the "Unite the Right" rally, which was protesting the proposed removal of a Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

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Several hundred protesters were marching when the auto appeared to deliberately drive into a group of them, The Associated Press reported.

Reported injuries ranged from life-threatening to minor, said Thomas.

The Associated Press confirmed that the driver has been arrested.

Please stay with WDBJ7 for this is a developing story.

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