A driver in Pittsboro reacts as a group of protesters gather around the Confederate monument at the Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro Sunday for a vigil commemorating the victims of the protest-turned-deadly in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday. Casey Toth ctoth@heraldsun.com

The proposed bill, North Carolina House Bill 330, states, a driver “while exercising due care” is immune from civil liability for injuries caused to another person, if the injured person was blocking traffic in a public street or highway at the time of their injury while participating in a demonstration or protest.

State Sen. Floyd McKissick Jr., D-Durham, expressed his condolences and said his thoughts and prayers were with the “anti-hate” protesters “run over by a motorist in an act of terrorism” on Facebook Saturday.

McKissick also critized the reaction of President Trump to the Charlottesville attack.

“President Donald Trump’s failure to repudiate in the strongest possible terms the white nationalists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis parading last night with fire lite torches and today through Charlottesville, Virginia is morally reprehensible …” McKissick wrote “… and it is offensive to the values of this Nation and all of us should be voicing our outrage.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

EDITOR’S NOTES: Kathryn Trogdon of The News & Observer interviewed Elena Ceberio and Tony Quartararo for this story. Herald-Sun staff members Mark Schultz, Mark Donovan and Casey Toth contributed to this report.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks