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Driver Who Plowed Into Charlottesville Counterprotesters Identified, Charged with Murder

Charlottesville Suspect

Driver Charged with Murder

Mug Shot Released

8/12/2017 6:01 PM PDT

Breaking News

The alleged driver of the car that plowed into a group of counterprotesters in Charlottesville has been charged with one count of second-degree murder … TMZ has learned.

The suspect’s been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old Ohio man. He’s facing the second-degree murder charge, along with three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failing to stop at an accident that resulted in death … according to the superintendent of the Albemarle Regional Jail.

In disturbing video of the crash … the suspect Fields appears to deliberately drive his Dodge Challenger into a group of counterprotesters walking down the street, then floors it in reverse in an attempt to flee. He was captured shortly after.

As we reported … a 32-year-old woman was killed in the incident. The city’s police chief said at least 35 people were injured during Saturday’s violence between white nationalist rallygoers and counterprotesters. 

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Driver Who Plowed Into Charlottesville Counterprotesters Identified, Charged with Murder