Witnesses have described the terrifying moment a car accelerated towards and plowed into a crowd of people protesting at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville Saturday, killing one.
Screams rang out as the Dodge Challenger careened into anti-fascist demonstrators, throwing bodies into the air, before reversing at high speed.
Witness Nic McCarthy told C-VILLE Weekly: ‘There was someone in a dark vehicle that sped, very quickly, down this road and rammed into the crowd.
‘People… He backed up and he went back in again.’
McCarthy added: ‘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.’
It is believed a counter protester had thrown a rock at the vehicle, causing the driver to swivel around and ram into people and cars in its way, before driving off with someone’s shoe attached to its bumper.
Police arrested the alleged driver, James Alex Fields, 20, not far from the blood scene. He was later charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bail.
The horrifying scenes in Virginia came after violent clashes erupted between white nationalists and activists.
Upsetting video footage of the vehicle ramming into the crowd, described by some as a terror attack, was uploaded online moments after the fatal collision.
People can be heard crying and shouting in the aftermath of the smash.
One person was killed and at least 26 other people were taken to hospital.
James Woods has revealed the one person who is happiest with the Charlottesville tragedy … George Soros.
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