Times Square crash left one dead

Frederick Owens
May 19, 2017

Here's video showing police walking Rojas from the police precinct: City officials said Rojas has two prior driving-while-intoxicated arrests and other motor vehicle violations on his record.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 26-year-old Richard Rojas, a Navy veteran with a history of DWI arrests. It was not immediately clear whether Rojas had a defense lawyer.

The driver of the auto that careened through New York City's Times Square on Thursday was a U.S. Navy veteran who had been arrested at least four times before for offenses including drunk driving and threatening someone with a knife, according to police officials and public records.

As panicked tourists dove for cover, he plowed his maroon 2009 Honda Accord through several blocks of pedestrians on the sidewalk before crashing to a halt against a metal stanchion near the George Abbott Way pedestrian plaza south of the TKTS booth, according to officials.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the calamity did not appear to be related to terrorism.

A report via the dailymail told of Rojas blowing a 0.0 when tested for alcohol along with initial testing coming back positive for drug substances.

A smashed vehicle sits on the corner of Broadway and 45th Street in New York's Times Square after ploughing through a crowd of pedestrians at lunchtime on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

"There were a lot of people out, enjoying the good day, and then I heard screaming and the vehicle running over bodies", she said.

"He just started running until people tackled him down", Lowe said. The bollards are created to stop vehicles going about 30 miles an hour, he said. Elsman was with her 13-year-old sister, who was also injured in the crash.

A friend said Rojas was never the same after returned from military service, taking up drinking to cope with stress.

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Jacksonville historian and author Wayne Wood was right there when an out-of-control driver jumped a sidewalk in Times Square and drove into pedestrians along a three-block stretch, leaving an 18-year-old woman dead and at least 20 others injured, according to police.

Officials say the driver is in custody and being tested for alcohol.

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One person is dead and at least 22 more are recovering after a auto plowed through a crowd in New York City's Time Square.

Police have taken the driver into custody.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

A bouncer from the Planet Hollywood restaurant and a ticket agent were among onlookers who helped police subdue the suspect when he tried to flee the scene, media reports said.

A vehicle traveling through Times Square has driven into a crowd of pedestrians, injuring several people.

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

A pipe bomb exploded last September in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, lightly wounding 31 people in the last terror-related incident in NY.

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