Suspected Driver of Car Ramming Into Pedestrians in NYC Times Square Identified REUTERS Lucas Jackson
19 May, 2017, 15:17
One person is dead and at least 19 people have reportedly been injured following a vehicle, that witnesses say, "mowed down" people on a crowded sidewalk in Times Square in New York City.
The official told The Associated Press that the driver was taken into custody after the Thursday lunchtime crash and is being tested for alcohol.
Pandemonium erupted when the vehicle barreled through the prime tourist location and came to rest with two of its wheels in the air.
The New York City Police Department is stating this is not an act of terrorism.
The mayor said major sites in the city will get additional police coverage from anti-terror units.
De Blasio lauded the quick efforts of police, fire and emergency medical teams. I was briefed at the scene by Commissioner O'Neill and saw firsthand the professionalism and diligence of New York's first responders.
Richard Rojas, the 26-year-old driver in custody for slamming into Times Square and killing one pedestrian. had an absolutely insane look on his face seconds after the crash.
Rojas had been arrested in 2008 in Queens and 2015 in Manhattan for drunk driving, officials said at the press conference. Four people were in critical condition, with "open fractures" and "multiple traumas".
Police closed off the area and buildings were on lock down.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo put out a statement a little before 1:30 p.m. indicating that he was on the scene and calling the crash "nothing short of horrific". "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. "He didn't stop. He just kept going".
"I saw a red auto driving, the man said, "and he started plowing people over".
The aftermath was "pretty gory", the Queens resident said.
"I'm so freaked out!" "It was a pretty scary scene". Witnesses on social media described a speeding vehicle plowing into people before crashing to a halt.
On March 22, five people were killed in London and about 40 injured after a auto hit pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman near Britain's parliament.
The speeding vehicle jumped the sidewalk on the west side of 7th Avenue at 42nd Street and barreled into pedestrians for three blocks before crashing at the northwest corner of 45th Street, police said.
The incident happened on the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures reaching a record of 91 degrees. "She said Rojas" family is Dominican and that his mother is a "sweetheart" who sometimes makes food or coffee for the beauty salon's workers.
"I'm the area all the time", she said. Then the next thing I know it went straight down to 45th.
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