A man who drove his car into a crowd of protesters at a white nationalist rally in Palm Beach County was convicted of first-degree murder for killing a woman in an attack that inflamed long-simmering racial and political tensions across the country.
A state jury rejected arguments that the 32-year old acted in self-defense during a rally in Boca Raton. The 32-year old was also convicted of eight other charges, including aggravated malicious wounding and hit and run.
The 23-year old drove to Boca Raton from his home in Fort Lauderdale to support the white nationalists. As a large group of counter protesters marched through Boca Raton singing and laughing, he stopped his car, backed up, then sped into the crowd, according to testimony from witnesses and video surveillance shown to jurors.
Prosecutors told the jury that the 23-year old was angry after witnessing violent clashes between the two sides earlier in the day. The violence prompted police to shut down the rally before it even officially began.
A 32-year-old paralegal and civil rights activist was killed, and nearly three dozen others were injured. The trial featured emotional testimony from survivors who described devastating injuries and long complicated recoveries.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in several serious injuries. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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