One dead after car hits protesters at Va. white supremacist rally

One person was killed and several others were injured after a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters marching against a “pro-white” rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., witnesses and officials said.

Video of the terrifying moment shows at least one person being tossed into the air as the silver Dodge Charger mowed into the crowd.

“Yeah, it was intentional,” said witness Dan Miller. “About 40 miles an hour, hit about 15-20 people, crashed into the two cars in front of it, and then backed up and sped away while cops were standing on the side of the road and didn’t do anything.”

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An aerial view of the scene in Charlotte where a crowd of counter-protesters was ambushed Saturdayby a car that plowed into them and quickly sped off.

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Terrified screams replaced chants as the peaceful marchers dove out of the way of the crash.

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An Associated Press reporter saw at least one person on the ground receiving medical treatment.

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Dozens of people were in the street as the car sped toward them, the video shows.

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“I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will–go home,” Charlottesville mayor Mike Signer tweeted about an hour after the horrifying crash.

A second video shows the silver car reversing down several blocks, its front bumper dragging along the ground, as the driver flees the scene of the carnage. 

Tensions in the Southern city had already been high as protesters and opponents clashed early ahead of a massive gathering of white nationalists, neo-Confederates and alt-right activists.

Thousands of protesters and opponents descended upon the usually sleepy college town of Charlottesville, hours after torch-carrying of white supremacists marched through the campus of the University of Virginia.

People tend to a counter-protester lying on the ground after he was hit by a car Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.

People tend to a counter-protester lying on the ground after he was hit by a car Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.

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At least two people were injured earlier as demonstrators, many clad in combat and Nazi gear, with the “Unite the Right” rally and opponents stormed into a downtown park and used pepper spray on one another, officials said. 

“There was someone in a dark vehicle that sped, very quickly, down this road and rammed into the crowd,” witness Nic McCarthy told C-VILLE Weekly. “People… He backed up and he went back in again.”

An injured woman cries after first responders wheel her away from the grisly scene.

An injured woman cries after first responders wheel her away from the grisly scene.

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McCarthy said he wasn’t sure how many people were injured.

“A dozen at least,” he said. “There was a girl that was caught and she was trying to get up and it ran over her again.

“I hope the cops catch these terrorists,” McCarthy added.

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