Driver in fatal Charlottesville wreck identified as James Alex Fields

James Alex Fields Jr. Identified as Driver Who Crashed into Counter Protestors

Suspect in car attack at Virginia rally possibly identified

A 20-year-old OH man was arrested and faces possible charges of second-degree murder in connection with driving a auto that rammed a crowd in Charlottesville that killed one woman an injured 19 others, according to news reports.

Fields, 20, from OH, is facing charges of second-degree murder, malicious woundings and failure to stop at the scene of an accident that resulted in a death. He's reportedly being held without bail.

The 32-year-old victim's identity has not yet been released.

Video of the incident shows the auto driving at a high rate of speed over multiple counter-protesters at the rally.

The driver backs up and rapidly flees the scene, videos show.

"The premeditated violence that our community experienced today was completely unacceptable", Thomas said to reporters Saturday night.

Police said only that the crash is under investigation and have not commented on specific aspects of the crash.

The police chief said none of the injuries at the rally were due to engagement between civilians and officers. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in the city and police ordered the crowds to disperse. Check Fauquier.com and our Facebook page for updates.

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