Thursday, May 18, 2017
At least 1 dead, multiple injured by #TimesSquare car crash! [details]
According to several eyewitnesses, a car careened onto the sidewalk at New York City's Times Square, killing at least one person and injuring a number of pedestrians. The driver of the vehicle is also in custody and the incident is not terror-related, per law enforcement.
An 18-year-old woman was killed and at least 22 people injured Thursday when a speeding car plowed into pedestrians in Manhattan's bustling Times Square, city officials said.
The driver of the 2009 Honda Accord -- Richard Rojas, 26, of the Bronx -- is in custody, New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said. Rojas has been arrested twice in New York -- in 2015 and 2008 -- for drunken driving, he said.
"Right now, he is being transported to a testing facility where (officials) will test him for drugs and alcohol," Assistant Chief William Aubry said.
There is no indication the incident, which unfolded just before noon, was an act of terrorism, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials said. It is being investigated as an accident, a police official said.
"A woman in front on the sidewalk was hit and tossed before then car reached 44th st, continued plowing people down at full speed up to 45th street, where it was stopped after crashing into more people and the light post," posted Instagram user Ed G Val, who from across the street "saw the car speeding north on the west sidewalk of southbound 7th Ave."
Harlem resident Tyezhane, 20, who would only give her first name, said she was walking to work at a shoe store when she saw the car on the sidewalk. She bolted across the street.