Tadrint and Micah Washington were driving in a car near the site of the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, that turned deadly. The sisters weren’t participating in any way in the rally — they weren’t even there to protest. But thanks to all of the confusion in town, they followed a series of detours that ended up putting them in the wrong place at the wrong time.
An alleged Nazi-sympathizer came barreling down the street in his Dodge Charger, plowed into counter-protesters and slammed other vehicles. Authorities have charged James Fields Jr. with operating the vehicle. The driver then abruptly shifted the car into reverse and sped away from the scene driving backwards. One of the vehicles hit in the chaos caused by that Dodge Charger was the Toyota Camry the Washington sisters were riding in.
“It came out of nowhere,” 20-year-old Micah Washington, who was in the passenger seat when the Charger hit from behind them, said in an interview with The Washington Post. Her body was thrown forward upon impact and she smashed her head on the dashboard and windshield. Tadrint, 27, was disoriented and said she felt a deep burn in her leg. After a moment or two, she said she regained her bearings and was able to realize “I’m alive.” Their car was splattered with blood and a few feet from them is where 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed.
The sisters are suing a slew of white supremacist groups for what their lawyers argue amount to “an attempt to kill and maim as many individuals as possible” and “inspire mayhem, homicide and violence.” They’re seeking $3 million in damages. Below, watch them discuss the frightening ordeal.
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Read the full story at The Washington Post.