1 Death And 22 Injured After Vehicle Speeds Over Pavement In Times Square

A woman has been killed and 22 more were injured after a vehicle sped over a pavement in Times Square, New York City, said the fire department.

The driver, 26, is an ex-member of the US armed services and also a US citizen. He is currently in custody.

Aftermath

“There is no indication that this was an act of terrorism,” Mayor of New York, Bill De Blasio, said.

The Honda jumped over a curb and flew across three blocks before it finally crashed.

Photos portrayed the burgundy sedan sitting halfway onto its side atop the pavement as smoke and fires spewed from within its bonnet.

The crash comes after recent string of deadly car-crashing attacks in Berlin, London, and Nice, France.

The FBI began to investigate the incident in the tourist venue, however there have been no links to terror organizations thus far.

NYPD stated that Richard Rojas, the suspect and Bronx resident, had been arrested back in 2008 as well as 2015 for driving drunk.

“It is believed to be an isolated incident, it remains under investigation,” said the New York Police Department in a Twitter post.

Scene

The vehicle hopped a curb near Broadway and 45th Street right before noon, and continued to drive at high speeds for prior to crashing into a pole.

Police stated that a woman, 18 has died, and her sister, 13, is amongst the insured.

“People were being hit and rolling off the car,” said Josh Duboff, who had to jump out of range of the car’s path,

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated in a press release that the ordeal is “nothing short of horrific”.

Sean Spicer, the White House’s Press Secretary said that President Trump has already been notified.

Times Square had previously been the target in attempted attacks, such as in May of 2010 when a Pakistani man placed an alleged car bomb in an intersection.  The device did not detonate, so no one was injured.

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