One person was killed and at least 22 were injured on Thursday when a car careened through Times Square and plowed through a crowd of pedestrians in one of New York City’s most congested corridors, officials said.
The 26-year-old driver appeared to have been either drunk or impaired by drugs and had been arrested twice for drunken driving, officials said. The preliminary evidence indicated that the episode was not terrorism-related, officials said.
“Based on information we have at this moment, there is no indiciation that this was an act of terrorism,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Thursday afternoon in Times Square.
The conditions of the injured victims was not known.
Witnesses described the horror of seeing the car traveling at high speeds through the neighborhood, which was packed with tourists, workers and many others on a sultry afternoon, and the mayhem in one of the world’s busiest and most famous plazas immediately evoked fears that it had been a deliberate act.
Source: New York Times
The driver, identified as 26-year-old Richard Rojas of the Bronx, was dramatically taken into custody on Thursday after crashing into pedestrians on the sidewalk, killing an 18-year-old girl and seriously injuring 22 others.
A crazed Rojas had allegedly attempted to flee police immediately after the crash and was pictured running across the road with his arms flailing.
Police said Rojas got into a fistfight with an officer as they struggled to arrest him, before he was eventually tackled to the ground and bundled into a squad car.
Rojas has now been taken to a testing facility where he will be screened for drug use, according to police.
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