Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Police investigating deadly Charlottesville vehicle crash as homicide

Police investigating deadly Charlottesville vehicle crash as homicide

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.

The vehicle seen in photographs running over protesters at a white-nationalist rally in Virginia on Saturday afternoon has an OH license plate.

He's been booked on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run.

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

Videos on social media from the scene show a silver auto traveling at a high rate of speed and rear-ending a stopped vehicle on Water and Fourth Streets in Downtown Charlottesville, pushing two cars into a large crowd of protesters. The vehicle's registration was renewed in Maumee, Ohio in 2016, the report said.

Videos show the silver vehicle reversing and fleeing from the scene with a windshield covered in what appears to be blood.

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

Thomas said that they are treating this as a criminal homicide investigation.

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