Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Car drives wrong way in Times Square, plows into pedestrians

Car drives wrong way in Times Square, plows into pedestrians

The New York City Police Department said the incident, which occurred around 12 p.m. local time, does not appear to be terror-related.

Elena Kovachenko, a 16-year-old high school student from Queens, told Business Insider that she heard "bodies fall on the ground" when the auto plowed through. He wasn't immediately available to comment. He was in custody, and it wasn't clear if he had an attorney yet who could comment on his behalf.

Side Aslam, who has lived in NY for 25 years, sells hats with his business partner on a table at outside the Hard Rock Café on 43rd Street and 7th Avenue. The results of the alcohol test are unknown at this time.

More than 300,000 pedestrians visit the heart of Times Square, where the crash took place, every day. "And it hit a couple of other people". The woman's 13-year-old sister was among the injured.

President Trump has been briefed on the situation, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said. Witnesses say the auto drove against traffic and then hit pedestrians.

"People were being hit and rolling off the vehicle", Josh Duboff, an employee at the Thomson Reuters headquarters who said he ran from the car's path, told Reuters. He turned around and saw the auto hitting people on the sidewalk.

"We feel deeply for those injured and particularly for the family of the young woman who was lost".

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Police describe Rojas as a Navy veteran with a history of drunken driving arrests in 2008 and 2015. Press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that Trump was briefed before NY authorities confirmed the death.

Rojas was in custody and is being tested for drugs and alcohol.

Police do not suspect a terror link, but a bomb squad will carry out a check on the auto. The vehicle came to rest with its two right wheels in the air.

Television images taken at the scene midday Thursday showed people being taken away on stretchers.

The maroon sedan vehicle, travelling at high speed, crashed into the group of people and ended up flipping onto its side on the pavement, before ambulances and police descended on the area, an AFP news agency photographer said.

That network of barricades, though, is far from a complete defence. There are many areas where vehicles could be driven onto packed sidewalks or public plazas.

Police closed off Times Square.

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