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Ohio man, 20, identified as suspect accused of driving car into Charlottesville protesters

Fox News 2017-08-13 07:15:00

A 20-year-old Ohio man is accused of driving a car into a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 others, police said late Saturday. 

James Alex Fields Jr., 20, was booked into the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail on one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count of failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death.

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James Alex Fields Jr.  (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail)

The Washington Post reported that the silver 2010 Dodge Challenger involved in the crash was registered to Fields. 

In addition, photographs of the car taken as it barreled toward the crowd of protesters show it bearing an Ohio license plate number, GVF 1111. The Post reported that Fields' last known address was in Maumee, a suburb of Toledo. WHIO-TV reported that the county code on the license plate corresponded to Lucas County, where Maumee is located. 

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The Dodge Challenger with Ohio license plates barrels toward the crowd in Charlottesville Saturday.  (Courtesy The Daily Progress)

The crash climaxed a day of violence in the university town that had been sparked by the arrival of hundreds of white nationalists protesting plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public park. 

Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, said several hundred counter-protesters were marching through a pedestrian mall downtown when "suddenly there was just this tire screeching sound." He said the Dodge Challenger smashed into another car, then backed up, barreling through "a sea of people."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.