Police are investing after a motorist plowed into a crowd in New York’s Time Square Thursday afternoon, killing an 18-year old woman and injuring 22 others.
The driver, a Navy veteran, tried fleeing the scene but was tackled by a traffic agent. Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that there is no indication of terrorism at this time and police believe this was a single, isolated incident.
via ABC News
Police said the car, a 2009 Honda Accord, struck 23 pedestrians and 22 people were taken to nearby hospitals, including the 13-year-old sister of the deceased victim. Officials said four people are in critical condition, three others suffered serious injuries and the other 15 people have less serious injuries.
The driver was identified by police as Richard Rojas, 26, of the Bronx. At 11:55 a.m. he was driving south on 7th Avenue when he made a quick U-turn onto a sidewalk at 42nd Street and sped along the sidewalk for three-and-a-half blocks, striking multiple pedestrians until crashing at 45th Street, according to law enforcement.
After Rojas crashed, he fled the car but was detained by police and civilians, police said. He allegedly punched a police officer as they took him into custody, sources said.
Rojas has had multiple arrests, including two for driving while intoxicated, police said. Investigators are reviewing Rojas’ criminal history and are in the process of interviewing him.