Razorfist (NSFW) talks Charlottesville II and mentions an interesting fact about the James Fields/Heather Heyer incident.
Here’s how it’s described on Wikipedia:
After the aborted rally, at around 1:45 p.m., a man drove his car into a crowd of counterprotestors, hitting several and slamming into a stopped sedan, which hit a stopped minivan that was in front of it. The impact of the crash pushed the sedan and the minivan further into the crowd. One person was killed and 19 others were injured in what police have called a deliberate attack. The man then reversed the car through the crowd and fled the scene.
The ramming occurred at a pedestrian mall at Water and Fourth streets, about four blocks away from Emancipation Park. Heather D. Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal from Charlottesville, was fatally injured in the attack and pronounced dead at the University of Virginia’s University Hospital. Video footage recorded at the scene showed a gray 2010 Dodge Challenger accelerating towards crowds on a pedestrian mall, hitting people and sending them airborne, then reversing at high speed, hitting more people.
You heard that right. Heather Heyer died of a heart attack. Heather Heyer, whom the media has told us again and again was killed after being run over by a white supramacist. While that statement might be strickly true, generally people asume that when someone dies as a result of being struck by a car that the death is a direct consequence of injuries sustained due to being struck by a car.
I have heard that Heyer had a leg injury because of being hit by the car but have not as yet found a source for this.
Whether or not Fields rammed the crowd deliberately is for the courts to decide. One thing is absolutely clear: it doesn’t matter if you’ve watched a dozen youtube videos showing the incident; you don’t have enough evidence to say one way or the other. Especially when the media is twisting thing to make them sound different than they are.
It should be noted, however, that if Fields rammed the crowd deliberately, it may make no difference whether he were the direct cause of Heyers death or not–provided the act of ramming the crowd is a felony. Virginia has the felony murder rule which means any death resulting from the comission of a felony would be the same as first degree murder.
I gotta say, this really sucks for the parents (or is is only the mother?). I could be wrong, but they don’t look like internet savvy, rabid SJW types. If they’re not, they were probably totally unprepared for how they were going to be treated. The neo-Nazi LARP contingent attacks and trolls them while the news media parades them around and uses them for pawns.