$3M lawsuit filed against Kessler, Fields and others after fatal crash

Two of the people who were injured when James Alex Fields Jr. allegedly plowed his vehicle into a crowd of protesters on Fourth and Water Streets in Charlottesville have now filed a lawsuit.

The suit names Fields and 27 other white nationalists associated with the rally, including Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and alt-right leader Richard Spencer.

The plaintiffs were driving home when Fields' auto struck their auto, and some pedestrian victims were hurled onto the vehicle, reports Reuters.

Tadrint and Micah Washington, the plaintiffs who were in a vehicle that was hit during the attack Saturday, are seeking $3 million in damages.

Two sisters who say they were injured in a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia are suing the man charged with killing a woman by driving his auto through the crowd as well as the event's organizers for $3 million.

Police have said they planned to keep 4th Street closed to traffic until 7 p.m., according to a traffic plan released prior to Saturday's rally.

The lawsuit names 28 defendants, including organizers of the rally. He has been charged with second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death, according to CNN. The Washington sisters were among the 19 people injured. "They were in the hospital for some time but the emotional damages they say will end up dwarfing the physical injuries".

The suit notes the Washingtons were "not counterprotesters and did not attend any of the events relating to the rally or protest". The allegations against all defendants include civil conspiracy, "committing, conspiring and aiding and abetting acts of terrorism" and incitement to riot and disorderly conduct. He had been seen participating in white activist Kessler's Unite the Right Rally at Emancipation Park earlier in the day.

"Defendants knew or should have known that the reasonably foreseeable outcome of inciting violence and providing material assistance to rallygoers, including Fields, was an attack upon citizens and counterprotesters", the suit says.

Vanessa Coleman

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