Driver charged with murder in Times Square crash

Ebony Scott
Мая 19, 2017

The incident does not appear to be linked to terrorism and is being investigated as an accident, according to New York City police, who are working with the FBI to investigate. Test are pending, but given his history, sources say DWI is investigators' leading theory for the cause of the crash.

Social media images show injured people on the street, a vehicle upended at an angle and crowds gathered in the heart of the tourist hub.

Police identified the woman killed by the auto as Alyssa Elsman, of Portage, Michigan.

Times Square in New York City was blocked off after a driver hit pedestrians, killing one and injuring 22.

A man accused of steering his auto on to one of the busiest pavements in the United States and mowing down pedestrians has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

At least one person has died and almost two dozen were hurt when a wrong-way driver slammed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square Thursday, senior officials familiar with the investigation tell NBC 4 NY.

Bruno Carvalho, a student at SUNY Albany, said the auto approached quickly and passed him on the sidewalk.

Asa Lowe, of Brooklyn, was standing outside the Levi store when he heard screaming, turned around and saw the auto hitting people on the sidewalk. Law enforcement sources Rojas appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he was taken into custody. Hearing screams and fearing that the vehicle would hit her, she ran to a nearby building's revolving door.

"People just got stunned", he said.

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He expressed sympathy for those injured and especially for the woman who was killed and her family.

Police say a 26-year-old man was in custody and was suspected of driving while intoxicated.

Four people are in a critical condition, three are serious and the others also needed treatment for their injuries.

The carnage raised immediate fears of terrorism, fuddled by recent attacks in England, France and Germany in which vehicles ploughed through crowds of pedestrians.

"The DHS National Operations center has been coordinating with the New York City Fusion Center to provide the Secretary and the White House updates".

A law enforcement official says a auto that plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square killed one person and injured about 20 others.

Police do not suspect a link to terrorism, but the vehicle was checked by the bomb squad and certain city landmarks were getting a beefed up police presence. Photos from the scene showed multiple victims on the ground near the maroon Honda sedan, which came to rest on two wheels, wedged up against a light pole and 3-feet-tall metal "bollard" barriers.

A vehicle traveling through Times Square has driven into a crowd of pedestrians, injuring several people.

Television images taken at the scene midday Thursday showed people being taken away on stretchers. I was briefed at the scene by Commissioner O'Neill and saw firsthand the professionalism and diligence of New York's first responders.

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