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Times Square crash victim was 18-year-old MI woman

This tilted red sedan drove into a crowded Times Square injuring several and killing one This tilted red sedan drove into a crowded Times Square injuring several and killing one
Francis Olson | 19 May, 2017, 17:26

A auto rests on a security barrier in New York's Times Square after driving through a crowd of pedestrians, injuring at least a dozen people, Thursday, May 18, 2017. The city's mayor said there was no indication it was an act of terrorism.

The vehicle ended up tilted on its left tires at West 45th Street, where street barriers stopped it, O'Neill said.

The driver, a United States navy veteran named as Richard Rojas, was arrested at the scene and breathalysed.

City officials say that New Yorkers who worry a loved one may have been among the victims can call 311 for more information. It was unclear when Rojas, who was in custody, would get a lawyer or be arraigned.

He was expected to appear in court on Friday at an arraignment hearing.

A week ago he was arrested and charged with pointing a knife at a notary, whom he accused of stealing his identity.

In previous arrests, he told authorities he thought he was being harassed and followed, according to a law enforcement official who wasn't authorized to speak publicly on an ongoing probe and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The apartment building where Rojas lives was cordoned off by police Thursday.

There were 15 others taken to hospital with "less serious" injuries.

The carnage happened in a part of the city that has always been considered a possible terrorist target because of its large crowds, a concern that became elevated after the September 11 attacks and compounded by recent attacks in England, France and Germany in which vehicles plowed through crowds of pedestrians.

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Security camera footage showed the auto slam into pedestrians who moments earlier were ambling along, some carrying shopping bags and others pushing baby strollers.

"We were just touring, seeing how attractive Times Square was", Prasad said. He leaped out of the way to avoid being struck.

Emergency vehicles and police officers flooded the area.

The 53-year-old ex-wife of Donald Trump was at a reading of a friend's play when she learned about the fatal incident, and was soon rushing over to the site where a vehicle ran off the road and struck down 22 pedestrians, leaving one dead.

In a statement posted to Twitter, New York's Sergeants Benevolent Association said: "Regarding today's auto crash in Times Square- we don't know yet if this was just an accident, but continue to stay alert & carry your firearm".

The bustling streets are heavily patrolled by police, some on horseback. Many, but not all, sidewalks are lined with barricades and planters for fear of vehicle attacks.

Planet Hollywood said Bradix "selflessly and heroically took action, helping to stop the fleeing suspect".

Broadway shows were scheduled to go ahead as planned on Thursday evening in the many theaters in the area, organizers said.

Rojas enlisted in the US Navy in 2011 and served on the destroyer USS Carney in 2012. Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval brig in Charleston, South Carolina, but not indicate why. She and her daughter were shopping when the auto sped toward them. Howard's daughter said. "They mowed everyone down". He pleaded guilty to an infraction in 2015 and was ordered to complete a drunken driving program and lost his license for 90 days.

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