In an indictment, authorities said Fields watched the crowd from his idling vehicle before slowly reversing to the top of a nearby hill and then rapidly accelerating. Authorities said he ran through a stop sign and across a raised pedestrian mall, directly into the crowd.
“Fields’s vehicle stopped only when it struck another vehicle near the intersection,” Justice Department officials said Wednesday in a news release. “He then rapidly reversed his vehicle and fled the scene.”
The attack came after the rally had descended into chaos — with violent brawling between attendees and counterdemonstrators — and authorities had forced the crowd to disband. Fields had been photographed hours beforehand with a shield bearing the emblem of Vanguard America, one of the hate groups that took part, although the group denied any association with him. Fields was described by his former high school teacher as a Nazi sympathizer.
Fields already faces state charges including first-degree murder. He has been in custody since the rally.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.