Several injured, 1 dead after speeding vehicle drives into Times Square


NEW YORK (RNN) – Several people were injured and one was killed when a speeding car drove through Times Square on Thursday around lunch time.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said in addition to the woman killed, another 22 people were injured in the crash. Many were carted off on stretchers and four people were in critical condition but likely to survive, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

He said the incident was not an act of terrorism, and the suspected driver of the car was in custody. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said the suspect was 26-year-old Richard Rojas, a resident of the Bronx.

The suspect had two prior arrests for DWI and appeared to be intoxicated, police said. He was being tested for alcohol.

The vehicle drove against traffic and onto the sidewalk when it struck the pedestrian. It was stopped after crashing into a pole on 45th Street and Broadway, where it lied with two of its wheels in the air.

Police placed Times Square on lockdown.

#FDNY confirms updated patient count at Times Square motor vehicle incident – 19 injuries, 1 fatality

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