1 Dead, 22 Injured After Speeding Vehicle Strikes Pedestrians in Times Square

 

At least one person is dead and 22 other hurt after a car crashed into a crowd in Times Square early Thursday afternoon. 

Four of the injuries are critical, but officials are hopeful the injured will survive.

The driver, Richard Rojas, 26, of the Bronx, was taken into custody. Rojas is a military veteran and has a history of driving violations, including two DUIs. There doesn't appear to be any connection to terrorism, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. 

"We know it's a dangerous moment in history," de Blasio said. "The second I heard it was Times Square I knew that there was a tremendous police presence, but as we've learned more -- again -- there's no indication this was terror."

The incident happened at 44th Street and Seventh Avenue just before noon. Police closed down Broadway from West 42nd Street to West 49th Street as a resultAbout an hour after the crash the car was still on its side leaning against a pole.

Witnesses say the car was driving extremely fast when it hit a pole and plowed into the group. It may have also been driving the wrong way.

"Today’s events at Times Square were nothing short of horrific," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. "I was briefed at the scene by [NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill] and saw firsthand the professionalism and diligence of New York’s first responders. As facts continue to emerge, my heart goes out to the victims of this terrible tragedy, as well as their families."

Traffic was at a stand-still in Midtown for hours after the crash.

 
 
 

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