Victims of Charlottesville car attack file $3M suit against rally organizers and driver

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Two of those injured in the car attack Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., have filed a $3 million lawsuit against the organizers of the white nationalist rally where it occurred, as well as the accused driver.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Circuit Court for the city of Charlottesville by Tadrint and Micah Washington names the alleged driver of the car, James Alex Fields Jr., as well as more than a dozen other defendants including noted white nationalists Richard Spencer, David Duke and Jason Kessler.

The Washingtons, who were in a car that police say Fields Jr. rammed with his vehicle, are suing in civil court for assault and battery, civil conspiracy and negligence, as well as other counts.

They say they were “detoured” on their way home when they were struck from behind by Fields while waiting for pedestrians. The lawsuit says the couple has “serious injuries,” according to NBC.

The suit also names several major white nationalist and right-wing organizations, including the Proud Boys, Traditionalist Workers Party, National Socialist Movement and The Daily Stormer.

The crash killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer, a counterprotester who was in a large crowd of people crossing the street. A memorial for Heyer was held Monday at the site of the crash after an initial gathering was canceled due to a “credible threat” of violence.

Fields has been charged with second-degree murder, among other counts.

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