A automobile rests on a confidence separator in New York’s Times Square after it plowed by a throng of pedestrians on Thursday.
Updated during 2:20 p.m. ET
At slightest one chairman was killed Thursday when a automobile strike a throng of pedestrians in Times Square, according to glow officials in New York City. Twenty-two other people were harmed in a incident.
At a news discussion Thursday afternoon, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill described a scene: A maroon Honda Accord leaped a quell during Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street, plowing onto a path for several blocks “at a high rate of speed” before finally crashing into a stanchion during 45th Street. After a automobile came to a halt, a motorist attempted to rush before officers took him into custody.
“People were being strike and rolling off a car,” one declare told Reuters.
O’Neill identified a think as 26-year-old Richard Rojas, describing him as a U.S. citizen and former use member with mixed prior DWI arrests. The commissioner pronounced there is no denote that a occurrence was associated to terrorism.
One lady was killed during a scene, and 4 other people sojourn in vicious condition, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro pronounced during a news conference. A sum of 22 people have been hospitalized.
“This is a tough day for New York City, though we wish to appreciate a initial responders who got here so quickly,” Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote on Twitter. “We feel deeply for those harmed and quite for a family of a immature lady who was lost. Our prayers are with all of them.”
As contribution continue to emerge, my heart goes out to a victims of this terrible tragedy, as good as their families.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 18, 2017
In a statement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called a day’s events “nothing brief of horrific.”
“As contribution continue to emerge, my heart goes out to a victims of this terrible tragedy, as good as their families.”