1 Dead, 22 Injured After Car Plows Into Pedestrians In Times Square; No Indication of Terrorism, Officials Say; Drunk Driver Tells Police he Planned Murder-Suicide Spree
An 18-year-old woman is dead and 22 people are injured after a car crash in Times Square in New York City today, police said.
There is no indication of terrorism based on information at this time, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Police said the driver is in custody and this is believed to be an isolated incident.
Police said the car struck 23 pedestrians and 22 people were taken to nearby hospitals, including the 13-year-old sister of the deceased victim. Officials said four people are in critical condition, three others suffered serious injuries and the other 15 people have less serious injuries.
The driver was identified by police as Richard Rojas, 26. He was driving south on 7th Avenue when he made a quick U-turn onto a sidewalk at 42nd Street and drove on the sidewalk for three-and-a-half blocks, striking multiple pedestrians until crashing at 45th Street, according to law enforcement.
When Rojas crashed, he attempted to flee on foot but was detained, sources said. He allegedly punched a police officer as they took him into custody, sources said.
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SOURCE: ABC News – Emily Shapiro