A 20-year-old OH man has been charged with murder after allegedly plowing into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
Chris Mahony was on his way to join the anti-racism protest when he saw a auto accelerate into the crowd of people.
Mr Mahony, who played rugby for Auckland in the Air New Zealand Cup and for Oxford University, said he sprinted after the vehicle to take photos to identify it and also alert police. "I was thinking this was an act of terror".
He saw a police officer and told him: "That auto just ploughed into a whole lot of people".
"People ran in to help and then it went into reverse and came back and hit those people that were moving to assist others". "Quickly take me to where this happened", Mr Mahony said.
A former New Zealand professional rugby player has helped United States police catch the driver who ploughed into a crowd killing a person and injuring at least 34 others as white nationalists clashed with counter protesters in Virginia.
Mr Mahony was among the counter demonstrators.
"For people to walk around in military fatigues with semi-automatic weapons is very unsafe, so I wasn't unsurprised that there was an attack - I was just surprised that it wasn't someone starting to shoot as tensions grew".
President Donald Trump criticized the violence and called for a return to law and order.
A man who has spent time in war zones, Mr Mahony said to find this sort of discontent in a country with an advanced economy was "intimidating".