Suspect accused in deadly crash at Charlottesville rally from Ohio

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

The auto that allegedly plowed through a crowd of protestors marching through a downtown shopping district is seen after the vehicle was stopped by police several blocks away August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

After violence caused authorities to stop a white nationalist rally before it began Saturday, a driver plowed his vehicle into a crowd of protesters.

It was not immediately clear whether the driver of the vehicle acted intentionally, but Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said at a Saturday evening press conference that charges were pending and the situation was being treated "as a criminal homicide". Col. Martin Kumer, superintendent of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, said Fields was in custody there Saturday night.

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

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The controversial "Unite the Right" march was organised to protest the removal of a statue honouring General Robert E Lee, commander of the Confederate Army in the 19th-century American Civil War.

Police said the helicopter was helping law enforcement officers monitor the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. "We will tell our own story".

Police say 19 other people reported suffering injuries from the crash.

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