One person was killed and 19 others were injured after a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters marching against a “pro-white” rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., witnesses and officials said. Video of the terrifying moment shows at least one person being tossed into the air as the silver Dodge Charger mowed into the crowd.
“Yeah, it was intentional,” said witness Dan Miller. “About 40 miles an hour, hit about 15-20 people, crashed into the two cars in front of it, and then backed up and sped away while cops were standing on the side of the road and didn’t do anything.”
Five of the wounded pedestrians were in critical condition while four others were suffering serious injuries. Six were in fair condition, and four others were listen in good condition, officials said Saturday night.
An Associated Press reporter saw at least one person on the ground receiving medical treatment.
“I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will–go home,” Charlottesville mayor Mike Signer tweeted about an hour after the horrifying crash.
A second video show the silver car reversing down several blocks, its front bumper dragging along the ground, as the driver flees the scene of the carnage.
Tensions in the Southern city had already been high as protesters and opponents clashed early ahead of a massive gathering of white nationalists, neo-Confederates and alt-right activists.