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

Motorist crashes into crowd in New York; 1 killed

Motorist crashes into crowd in New York; 1 killed

Police said the rampage unfolded rapidly as Rojas allegedly drove his auto at high speed for three blocks down Seventh Avenue, in the heart of Times Square, made a U-turn at 42nd Street and vaulted the curb, hitting the first victim. Rojas, who was in custody, was expected to be arraigned Friday.

Four people were critically injured, police said.

Officials said that the deadly rampage had begun around noon near 42nd Street, when Mr. Rojas, traveling south on Seventh Avenue, inexplicably made a quick U-turn, mounted a curb on the west side of the one-way avenue and began to drive north against traffic.

Law enforcement officials say a man accused of steering his vehicle onto one of the busiest sidewalks in the US and mowing down pedestrians for three blocks told police he was "hearing voices".

At least one person died and 10 others were injured when a speeding auto plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square in NY on Thursday, media reports said.

The driver has also been identified as Richard Rojas, 26, from the Bronx, New York.

Castillo was in midtown Manhattan on business when officials said a red Honda Accord plowed through crowds of people for about three blocks.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD officials gave an update on Thursday's fatal vehicle crash in Times Square.

"People just got stunned", said Bruno Carvalho, a student at SUNY Albany.

Last week, Rojas was reportedly arrested for allegedly pointing a knife at a notary and accusing him stealing his identity.

The incident was not an considered act of terrorism, and the suspected driver of the auto was in custody.

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