Charlottesville auto crash suspect ID'd as 20-year-old OH man

20, of OH, is charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failing to stop for a hit and run with injury.

James Alex Fields, Jr, a registered Republican, was booked in jail on suspicaion of second-degree murder, according to the Washington Post. Kumer said Fields is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Charlottesville General District Court.

The crash happened after one person was killed at the rally, when a vehicle ploughed into a crowd of anti-racism protesters.

Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas confirmed during Govenor McAuliffe's press conference that there were 35 injuries during the White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Saturday afternoon. Witnesses said the driver intentionally plowed through the crowd at a speed of close to 40 miles per hour.

The vehicle attack occurred around 1pm, soon after a state of emergency was declared in the city for the clashes between participants in the march and those opposed to it.

Earlier this week, city officials had tried to "modify" the rally's permit to move the demonstration more than a mile away to McIntire Park, citing safety concerns associated with the number of people expected to attend the rally and counter protests.

However, the planned protest and rally quickly degenerated into a violent riot after torch-wielding white nationalists and white supremacists marched through Charlottesville chanting "unite the right" and "white lives matter" Friday night, setting the stage for Saturday's violent riot. The two were monitoring the white nationalist rally at the time.

Mayor Mike Signor announced the death on his Twitter account and urged people to "go home". "I told him to be careful". Abruptly, a gray Dodge rams into the back of another vehicle, slamming one or more cars ahead of it amid the crowd of protesters. The alt-right protest was also declared as an unlawful assembly. There was no record as to why Fields left the Army.

Vanessa Coleman

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