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Murder Charge for Driver in Auto Attack in Charlottesville

Police in Charlottesville, VA, have leveled murder charges on the driver of a car who plowed his vehicle into counter-protestors during Saturday's violent white supremacist rallies, killing one woman and injuring many more.
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Police in Charlottesville, VA, have leveled murder charges on the driver of a car who plowed his vehicle into counter-protestors during Saturday's violent white supremacist rallies, killing one woman and injuring many more.

A 20-year-old man, described as a "skinny white guy with a straggly beard" drove his automobile into a crowd of people, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring at least 19, according to the Guardian.

The victim's identity has not been released as authorities attempt to locate her next of kin.

The driver of the car has been "charged with second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death," said Colonel Martin Kumer, superintendent of Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, in an email, cited by the Guardian.

The tragedy occurred doing a day marked by violence, as white supremacists descended upon the college town by the hundreds and thousands of counter-protesters blocked their way.

Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in the city.

 

 

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