Police investigating deadly Charlottesville vehicle crash as homicide


Authorities say a 20-year-old OH man accused of driving a auto into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally has been charged with second-degree murder and other counts.

The vehicle seen in photographs running over protesters at a white-nationalist rally in Virginia on Saturday afternoon has an OH license plate. He's been booked on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run.

Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said the suspect was taken into custody not far from the crash site. Kumer says he doesn't believe Fields has obtained an attorney yet.

The victim of the deadly crash was a 32-year-old woman who was crossing the street, according to law-enforcement officials. His name was not immediately released.

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Police said the helicopter was helping law enforcement officers monitor the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

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.

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