Charlottesville Suspect Driver Booked on Suspicion of Murder

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.

Just a couple hours later, a helicopter flying over the fray with two police officers crashed.

The crash on a downtown pedestrian mall Saturday left a 32-year-old woman dead and sent 19 others to a local hospital, five of them in critical condition. Twenty-six people were injured, according to the Associated Press.

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Small bands of protesters who showed up to express their opposition to the rally were seen marching around the city peacefully by midafternoon, chanting and waving flags.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said the event could be “the largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States”.

Alt-right activists held torches and marched late Friday through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville. There were 15 other reported injuries at the rally unrelated to the crash.

“I strongly condemn the unprovoked assault on members of our community, including University personnel who were attempting to maintain order”, she said in a statement.

“The premeditated violence that our community experienced today was completely unacceptable“, Thomas said to reporters Saturday night.

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