One dead, 22 injured after car crashes into Times Square

Posted May 19, 2017

Here is the raging man who cops said barreled along almost four blocks of Times Square sidewalk, leaving a 18-year-old woman dead and 22 others injured. Police said they were testing to determine whether Rojas was intoxicated at the time of the incident, although some outlets have reported that he admitted to using marijuana.

NEW YORK (AP) - A man accused of steering his vehicle onto one of the busiest sidewalks in the US and mowing down pedestrians for three blocks before a row of steel security barriers finally stopped him told police he was "hearing voices", law enforcement officials said.

"As he approaches 42nd Street, he makes a quick U-turn, proceeds on sidewalk for three and a half blocks where he hits a stanchion", said the police chief Of Manhattan detectives William Aubry.

"People were being hit and rolling off the auto", Josh Duboff, an employee at the Thomson Reuters headquarters, told Reuters.

"He's easily, probably going over 40 (mph)", Rivera said.

Richard Rojas, 26, did not appear to have a scratch on him when Times Square worker Alpha Balde and a Planet Hollywood bouncer saw him sprinting away from the red Honda he allegedly used to plow through a lunchtime crowd in one of the busiest intersections in the city.

Cheryl Howard and her daughter were out shopping when the vehicle sped down the footpath.

In August 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio created a 100-officer unit to patrol Times Square to help control the ballooning industry of costumed Superheroes and cartoon characters. Police Commissioner James O'Neill says the crash doesn't appear to be related to terrorism.

"One male in custody in the #TimesSquare vehicle collision", the NYPD said on Twitter.

Another person told CBS: 'Everybody was just running, everyone was concerned for their lives.

"I'm the area all the time", she said. Additionally, 19 other pedestrians were injured in the Times Square incident.

"Then, 20 seconds later, a huge police presence came in", Levine, an employee at the Thompson Reuters headquarters, said.

He and Bradix jumped on top of Rojas, lifted his shirt to make sure he had no weapons and held him until police arrived moments later, Balde said.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that President Donald Trump was "made aware of the situation".

"Today's events at Times Square were nothing short of horrific", he said in a statement.

Several blocks around Times Square are on lock down as emergency crews tend to the victims. Many sidewalks are lined with barricades and planters for fear of vehicle attacks on pedestrians.