Woman Pushed Out of the Way of Speeding Car in Charlottesville Recalls Moment Fiance Saved Her Life
A young man was catapulted into the air as he was hit by an oncoming car during Saturday's violence in Charlottesville, Va., but not before pushing his fiancé out of harm's way.
Marcus Martin’s fiance, Marissa Blair, is also a friend of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal who was killed when the Dodge Challenger plowed into the crowd.
“You see bodies flying and then the car comes and I just feel somebody push me out of the way,” she told Inside Edition. “Heather was right there. Heather was right in front of me when it happened. So it was unbelievable, it was unreal. Words can't even describe that moment.”
Her fiancé escaped with a broken leg. The driver accused of hitting them, James Alex Fields Jr., was arrested Saturday and appeared in court Monday.
He was charged with murder, hit and run, and three counts of malicious wounding. He did not enter a plea.
There is more fallout over the Charlottesville violence as one of the president's top business advisers, Kenneth Frazier, CEO of the medical company Merck, resigned over the president's tepid rebuke of white supremacist groups.
"America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy,” Frazier said Monday. “I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”
He was reacting to Trump's statement Saturday, for which he was criticized for not mentioning the Ku Klux Klan, Nazis or white supremacy by name.
President Trump also slammed Frazier on Twitter, saying, "He will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES.”
The president made a much tougher denunciation on the violence Monday, saying, “Racism has no place in America.”
"Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans," Trump said. “Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America."
Meanwhile, some of the white supremacists that have been pictured marching are being shamed on social media.
A Twitter account named @YesYoureARacist is asking, “If you recognize any of the Nazis marching in Charlottesville, send me their names and I’ll make them famous.”
One of the neo-Nazis identified has been fired from his job with the hot dog chain Top Dog.
TIKI Brand Products, the company who makes the tiki torches wielded by white supremacist groups is distancing itself from the movement.
"We do not support the use of our products in this way. Our products are designed to enhance backyard gatherings," the company said in a statement.
John Oliver, the host of Last Week Tonight on HBO, also joined in the chorus of criticism.
“In a country where previous presidents actually defeated Nazis we have a president who can't even condemn them,” he said.