Speeding vehicle mows down pedestrians in Times Square; one killed

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

The New York Times reports that officials said the 26-year-old driver was either drunk or impaired by drugs, and had been previously arrested for drunken driving.

"It was going at a fast rate of speed and to me it looked like it was trying to hit as many people as possible", she said.

The driver had been traveling the wrong way down 7th Avenue, said Rob Levine, 33, who left his office at 3 Times Square moments after the crash.

The 26-year-old driver from the Bronx was taken into custody and was undergoing tests for alcohol, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

Thirteen people were being treated for injuries after the collision at the popular midtown Manhattan tourist spot, according to the New York City Fire Department.

"He was just screaming when he got out of the auto", Bradix said.

A massive accident in Times Square today has left one person is dead and at least 22 others injured after a auto plowed through Times Square.

Four other people were critically injured after sustaining multiple fractures and traumas, Daniel P. Nigro, the fire commissioner, said.

Officials say the driver is in custody and being tested for alcohol. His most recent arrest was for menacing; Rojas is a notary and was arrested earlier this month for threatening someone who came to his home to get an annuity notarized, sources said.

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The crash happened midday on a hot, clear day that brought large crowds of people into the streets to enjoy the good weather.

"He just started running until people tackled him down", he said.

"It is believed to be an isolated incident, it remains under investigation", said the New York Police Department in a Twitter post.

A few hours after the Times Square incident, about 20 police officers and detectives occupied the sidewalk outside the six-story red brick building where Rojas lives.

"I'm the area all the time", she said.

Police stated that a woman, 18 has died, and her sister, 13, is amongst the insured.

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. "You stole my identity", Rojas told the man, grabbing his neck in one hand while brandishing the knife in the other, according to a police spokeswoman.

Annette Proehl, a Pennsylvania resident, was in Times Square with children on a field trip when she heard a screeching tires vehicle and people screaming.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has confirmed that President Donald Trump was informed about the incident.

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