1 dead, 19 injured after car plows into protesters in Charlottesville

One person was killed and 19 others were injured Saturday when a car plowed into a group of protesters in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, hours after police broke up violent confrontations ahead of a scheduled rally of white nationalists.

A male suspect is in custody with charges pending, and authorities are treating the incident as a criminal homicide case, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said during a news conference Saturday night.

The deceased victim was a 32-year-old woman who was crossing the street, Thomas said, adding that police are in the process of notifying the next of kin.

Five of the injured were listed in critical condition — the worst state — and four others were in serious condition. Six were in fair condition, and four others were in good condition, authorities said Saturday.

Video of the incident showed a grey Dodge Charger plowing into counter-protesters who were marching through the city’s shopping district. The force of the collision hurled several people into the air. Bystanders could be seen running in every direction while others stood by screaming for help.

Footage from another angle showed the car speeding in reverse in an attempt to flee the scene.

A vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

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Those injured in the crash were transported to the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical Center, a hospital spokesperson told CBS News.

A dozen medics were seen carting the injured back and forth on stretchers at the scene.

“I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will — go home,” Charlottesville Mayor Mike Singer said on Twitter.

White nationalists clashed with police and counter-protesters hours before the collision in Charlottesville. Alt-right activists and white supremacists planned to…

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