Several Hurt After Car Plows Into Pedestrians In Times Square

Posted May 19, 2017

Witnesses said the motorist mounted the sidewalk in a burgundy Honda sedan and sped along more than three city blocks, knocking people over before the auto hit a pole and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan.

A man steered his auto onto a sidewalk running through the heart of Times Square and mowed down pedestrians for three blocks Thursday, killing a teenager, then emerged from his wrecked vehicle wild-eyed and waving his arms before he was subdued by police and bystanders.

Alyssa Elsman, the 18-year-old woman who died at the scene, was a tourist from MI, according to the NYPD. The woman's 13-year-old sister was among the injured.

One woman was killed at the scene, and four other people remain in critical condition, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at the news conference.

Witnesses at the scene said the vehicle was driving the wrong way before it struck pedestrians, Fox News reported.

A vehicle ploughed into pedestrians in New York City's Times Square late yesterday Singapore time, injuring more than 10 people and killing one.

The mayor said the event was believed to be "an isolated incident", adding that the driver appeared to be intoxicated at the time of his arrest.

"Based on the information that we have at this moment, there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism", mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The man taken into custody was identified as 26-year-old Richard Rojas, a resident of the Bronx.

Authorities said the driver is a US citizen and former member of the Navy who has a criminal history that includes arrests for driving while intoxicated. Police said he has previous NY arrests for driving under the influence, the most recent in 2015 in Manhattan, preceded by the same charge in 2008 in the borough of Queens.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, along with police and city officials, were at the scene of the crash.

He fought with officers who handcuffed him, authorities said.

Along the way, 23 pedestrians were struck, police said. He said he looked out and saw what appeared to be a body in the street.

"He was going faster and faster on the sidewalk when he was hitting people". Many sidewalks are lined with barricades and planters for fear of vehicle attacks on pedestrians.

"People were being hit and rolling off the auto", Josh Duboff, an employee at the Thomson Reuters headquarters who said he ran from the car's path, told Reuters.

"The thing that I had to get done, if I didn't decide to go to 43rd and Sixth Avenue, I probably would have been one of the injured people", said Castillo.

"People were being hit and rolling off the vehicle", eyewitness Josh Duboff said. Police and fire officials closed off an area of several blocks. The driver has a history of drunken driving, a law enforcement official said.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that Trump was briefed before NY authorities confirmed the death.

Five employees from Proctors in Schenectady were just around the corner from the crash when it happened and witnessed its aftermath, said Michael Eck, the theater's publicist.

The police had taped off many of blocks around Times Square.

The vehicle jumped the kerb at 45th Street and Broadway at 1155 local time (1655 GMT) and drove at high speed before crashing into a pole.