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19 May 2017, 05:55 | Rodolfo Wallace
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.
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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.
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