1 dead after car plows into pedestrians at New York’s Times Square
New York City Police have declared a “mass casualty incident” after a speeding car drove onto the sidewalk in Times Square, killing one and injuring at least a dozen people. The incident does not seem to be a terrorist attack, police said.
Seven people were loaded onto stretchers, while one person has died, a witness told Reuters. The New York Fire Department said that one person was killed and 19 others were injured in a “motor vehicle incident.”
One person was killed and 22 were injured, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio told reporters Thursday afternoon.
#FDNY confirms updated patient count at Times Square motor vehicle incident - 19 injuries, 1 fatality— FDNY (@FDNY) May 18, 2017
The car reportedly drove the wrong way up 7th Avenue, crossed onto the sidewalk and hit at least 13 people. It eventually crashed into metal barriers at the corner of 7th Avenue and 45th Street.
Video and photos from the scene show dark red vehicle tilted to its side against a barrier, surrounded by firefighters. Another video shows a man being led away by NYPD officers.
What's happening in Times Square?? This car was in the sidewalk and people are on the streets pic.twitter.com/PsepRtfrAr— gb (@gb__) May 18, 2017
WCBS-TV has identified the suspect as a 26-year-old male resident of The Bronx with two previous drunk-driving convictions. The New York Post gives the suspect’s name as Richard Rojas. The crash took place as Rojas was fleeing from the police after a robbery, according to Fox News.
#TimesSquare update: Reports on the ground is the driver had just committed a robbery and was intoxicated. 1 pedestrian dead 12 others hurt pic.twitter.com/yFzduAC4bi— Alcides Segui FOX (@seguifox13) May 18, 2017
The incident is not being treated as a terrorist attack at this time, according to NYPD.
President Donald Trump has been “made aware” of the situation in Times Square and will continue to receive updates, said White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Man run over by car at 42nd/7th. Others injured by vehicle on sidewalk. #attack#timessquarepic.twitter.com/onvLUEKSKY— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) May 18, 2017
An injured pedestrian told Reuters that the driver’s actions appeared “intentional.” According to a witness, the vehicle drove against traffic and into the sidewalk, where it struck pedestrians.
Photos show a dark red vehicle tilted to its side against a barrier. Another shows a man being led away by NYPD cops https://t.co/hrjbGJ2wshpic.twitter.com/Jywgju6A77— RT America (@RT_America) May 18, 2017
Police have cordoned off the intersection of 45th Street and Broadway, as they investigate the incident. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is on the site.
In Times Square getting briefed by the NYPD. pic.twitter.com/xUR4kAPBnZ— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 18, 2017
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