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Police Charge Driver, Two Protesters in Columbus Day Hit-And-Run Incident

The 18-year-old man who rammed his truck into a crowd of 40 protesters was charged with provoking assault and released on a $1,000 bond, police said.

The 18-year-old man who drove through a crowd of 40 protestors was charged Friday with provoking assault and released on a $1,000 bond, police said.

Five people were injured when Nick Mahaffey rammed his white Nissan pickup truck into a group of Columbus Day protestors in Reno, Nevada, last week.

Police also charged two protesters involved in the incident. James Fletcher and Samuel Harry were both charged with simple battery, CBS News reported.

According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the protestors stopped under the Reno Arch on Virginia Street on Columbus Day to pose for a photograph when Mahaffey approached the group in his truck.

Protestors posing under the Reno Arch on Virginia Street. Courtesy Louis Magriel/Reno Gazette-Journal.

A live Facebook video shows the entirety of the incident.

The video shows the group marching down the street, mostly on the sidewalk, holding anti-Columbus Day signs and #NODAPL signs while drumming and singing. After stopping under the Reno Arch, which spans over a crosswalk, Mahaffey approaches the group honking and revving the engine.

The truck approaches the protestors. Courtesy Louis Magriel/Reno Gazette-Journal.

A handful of men approach the truck and, while the video is difficult to understand, it’s clear that there was an argument between Mahaffey, his 17-year-old passenger, and the protestors. As more people approach the truck, the situation becomes even more tense until Mahaffey plows into the remaining group under the arch.

Police told the Gazette that the driver stopped "several blocks away and called police to provide his account of the events." At the time of the incident, police were not releasing any names.

The truck injured five, sending one woman to the hospital in "serious" condition. Courtesy Louis Magriel/Reno Gazette-Journal.

Kitty Colbert, 59, was taken to Renown Regional Medical center for "non-life threatening lower extremity injuries," according to the Gazette. In a Facebook post, she described her injuries as "several small fractures."

Courtesy Facebook/Kitty Colbert.

Four others, including the driver and passenger, were treated on the scene for minor injuries.

The Reno Gazette-Journal published a statement from Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve and the Reno City Council:

"This incident is troublesome and saddens us deeply. I take these matters very seriously, and I believe they must be investigated thoroughly and promptly. Public safety is our highest priority, and I want all Reno residents to know that we are working swiftly and diligently to make sense of the events that took place last night. Please be advised that the Reno Police Department will hold anyone responsible accountable for their actions once the investigation has concluded.

"I respect an individual or group’s right to conduct lawful protest, and encourage people to express their First Amendment rights."