Charlottesville car attack

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Car involved in the vehicle-ramming attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.

The Charlottesville car attack was a hit and run that occured on August 12, 2017, when James Alex Fields, Jr. drove his car into a crowd of people who were protesting the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one and injuring 35. The 20-year-old Fields had driven from Ohio to attend the rally. He was convicted in a state court for the first-degree murder of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, eight counts of malicious wounding, and hit and run, and was sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 419 years in July 2019. He also pled guilty to 29 of 30 federal hate crime charges to avoid the death penalty, which resulted in another life sentence handed down in June 2019.


  • During cross examination, Washington said there was a police car and barrier on Market Street preventing her from driving anywhere but down 4th Street.

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