Car in Charlottesville plows into anti-racism protesters: what we know

Car in Charlottesville plows into anti-racism protesters: what we know

The car rammed into a crowd of people who protested against white nationalists earlier in the day.

A driver in a silver Dodge Challenger on Saturday plowed through a group of counterprotesters who had rallied against white nationalist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer and the University of Virginia Medical Center have confirmed that at least one person died and at least 19 are being treated for injuries as a result of the entire day’s events. Whether the act was intentional and, if so, what the driver’s motives were is not yet clear.

The crash happened in the midst of a tense day of protests as white nationalists, Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville to protest plans to tear down Confederate monuments. Violent clashes broke out between protesters and counterprotesters on Friday night and Saturday morning.

Police ordered crowds to disperse before noon. As some counterprotesters began to disperse, a car appeared on a street that at least some demonstrators had believed was blocked off to traffic. It then sped into the crowd, striking multiple people before backing up.

A vehicle plowed into a crowd of protesters after events around #UniteTheRight declared unlawful assembly

— Ryan M. Kelly (@RyanMKellyPhoto) August 12, 2017

Here’s video of the crash (warning: it’s graphic):

Video of car hitting anti-racist protestors. Let there be no confusion: this was deliberate terrorism. My prayers with victims. Stay home.

— Brennan Gilmore (@brennanmgilmore) August 12, 2017

Police have reportedly detained the driver and the car involved, but have yet to say who he is, whether he acted deliberately, or what his potential motives were if he did.