February 23, 2018

Car plows into Times Square crowd; 1 dead, 22 hurt

19 May 2017, 05:55 | Rodolfo Wallace

Car plows into Times Square crowd; 1 dead, 22 hurt

Car plows into Times Square crowd; 1 dead, 22 hurt

One person was killed and at least 22 were injured on Thursday when a vehicle careened through Times Square and plowed through a crowd of pedestrians in one of New York City's most congested corridors, officials said.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters there was no indication it was an act of terrorism and that the driver had two previous arrests for drunk driving.

Police who took the driver into custody identified him as Richard Rojas, 26, of the New York City borough of the Bronx.

Police say a 26-year-old U.S. Navy veteran with two prior arrests for driving while intoxicated has been taken in custody after his vehicle plowed into 23 pedestrians in Times Square, killing one of them.

Rojas was arrested Thursday afternoon after he drove his vehicle for three blocks in Times Square, hitting almost two dozen people before steel security barriers finally stopped him.

Rojas allegedly hurtled down Seventh Avenue in a 2009 Honda sedan before pulling a U-turn at 42nd Street, hopping the curb and zipping more than three blocks on the sidewalk before slamming into a barrier at 45th Street.

A woman who used to live in the building, Fati Razak, said she occasionally sees Rojas when she returns to visit her mother. He was combative with officers who handcuffed him, authorities said.

The post NY: vehicle plunges into Times Square appeared first on Vanguard News.

Hundreds of thousands of people, many of them tourists from around the world, pass daily through the bustling commercial area, the heart of the Broadway theater district.

New sanctions on Venezuela officials upcoming
In a subsequent release, he said authorities had annulled his passport, even though it was valid through 2020. Diapers have become prized products in Venezuela due to widespread shortages of basic domestic items.

Iranian election back to two-horse race as Tehran mayor withdraws
This election will be the first since the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran, the United States and five other world powers. Raisi is believed to be Rouhani's main rival in the race but it's not clear if Raisi will be unable to unseat him.

Driver charged with murder in Times Square crash
He pleaded guilty to an infraction in 2015 and was ordered to complete a drunken driving program and lost his license for 90 days. A witness told Reuters that seven people were placed on stretchers at the scene, where loose shoes were scattered.

The auto finally hit a metal post, becoming wedged partly on its side, and the suspect jumped out of the vehicle. The five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide is for the death of Elsman and four injured people who were in critical condition.

Police say the Bronx man was being tested for alcohol and drugs. "We feel deeply for those injured and particularly for the family of the young woman who was lost".

An injured pedestrian told Reuters the driver's actions appeared to have been "intentional".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer wrote on Twitter that President Donald Trump "has been made aware of the situation in Times Square and will continue to receive updates".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that Trump was briefed before NY authorities confirmed the death. He says he was walking toward the eatery Thursday when the vehicle barreled down the sidewalk and hit a pole, and driver Richard Rojas got out and started running away.

Witnesses described seeing people being loaded on to stretchers, shoes scattered around the scene and people in bloodstained blankets.

The auto was lodged on a steel bollard - of which there are more than 200 on Times Square sidewalks to stop vehicles from coming through. I was briefed at the scene by Commissioner O'Neill and saw firsthand the professionalism and diligence of New York's first responders.

"On behalf of the Irish Government, I wish to express our condolences and solidarity with the people of NY at this time".

Other News

Trending Now

London airport to use 'digital' air traffic control tower
The tech has already been tested in Australia, Sweden, Norway and Ireland and has been developed by Saab. The system is being introduced as part of a £350m development programme to upgrade London City Airport.

Explaining the mechanics of the Trump-Russia special counsel
Mueller to stay in office for an additional two years beyond the normal 10-year term limit", Lamborn said. While unlikely, Mueller may not be provided with the resources he needs for a thorough probe.

Alonso's vital Indy 500 weapon
The McLaren driver , running a McLaren , Honda and Andretti-backed vehicle , is bidding to win motor racing's Triple Crown. Thanks to the simulator testing, I felt like I knew my vehicle before I got in it last week at Indy.

Team Trump knew Flynn was being investigated and Trump still hired him
The Times noted that the conversations prove that Trump's team knew about the investigation earlier than previously said. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) says Mueller is "a special guy" whose "career is unimpeachable".

Angela Bassett joins Mission: Impossible 6
Actress Angela Bassett has joined the cast of "Mission: Impossible 6". Secret Service in the 2016 action-thriller "London Has Fallen".

Jimmy Carter urges Trump to push for peace
That policy, that "the Western Wall is in Jerusalem", hasn't changed, a State Department official said following Haley's comments. Trump remains committed to an embassy move and could reaffirm that without specifying a timeframe, one official said.

The Upcoming Meeting Between Trump And Erdo an Will Probably Be Tense
He said the talks are "merely a meeting for the media" and "there is nothing substantial in all the Geneva meetings". Even if Ankara could get USA courts to act, a quick decision in the Gulen case was unlikely, Arslan said via e-mail.

ICJ stays Pak death sentence to Jadhav
Further, it has noted that there is no exception to the consular access rule for those allegedly involved in "espionage". The ICJ has endorsed India's contention that Pakistan has violated the Vienna Convention regarding consular access.

Statue of General Lee coming down in New Orleans on Friday
Contractors were originally forced to wait as monument campaigners appealed for help from the courts, and have been threatened. P G T Beauregard was lifted off its base shortly before 3am Wednesday, with workers wearing helmets and covering their faces.

Filip Forsberg: Filip Forsberg scores in third straight game
The Predators are a league-best 6-0 at Bridgestone Arena this postseason, including series clinchers against Chicago and St. It was a valiant — if not foolish — decision, as McLeod received an penalty for instigating and was kicked out of the game.