Man charged with murder following car ramming incident as violence erupts at white supremacist rally in Virginia

At least three people have been killed and and dozens injured after violence erupted at a far right rally in  Charlottesville, Virginia.

One of those killed, a 32-year-old woman,   died after a car ploughed into counter protesters as she was crossing the street.

The Telegraph saw injured people lying in the road moments after the silver saloon car  sped into the crowd.

Col. Martin Kumer, the superintendent of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, confirmed that an Ohio man, James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, had been arrested and charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at the scene of an accident that resulted in a death.

However the  authorities declined to say publicly that Mr. Fields was the driver of the car the plowed into the crowd

The death toll is understood  to include two Virginia State Police officers  who were killed when their helicopter crashed near Charlottesville.

They were later named as   Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates, who would have turned 41 on Sunday.

Police said  19 people were injured in the car ramming incident and 15 in other violent incidents.

The Department of Justice and FBI have opened a civil rights investigation. In addition to Mr Fields, three other people have been arrested.

The arrests followed a day in which the quiet university town erupted in violence with armed neo-Nazis and white supremacists fighting police and counter-protestors.

Riot police used tear gas and armoured vehicles during what was described by civil rights groups as America’s “largest hate gathering in decades”.

The city’s mayor Mike Signer said: “I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will – go home.

“I’m not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame for a lot of what you’re seeing in American today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president.”

A state of emergency was declared and hundreds of…

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