Car Plows Into Pedestrians in Times Square; 1 Dead

26-year-old driver in custody, terrorism not suspected
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2017 11:46 AM CDT
Updated May 18, 2017 1:13 PM CDT
1 Killed as Car Mows Down Times Square Pedestrians
A car rests on a security barrier in New York's Times Square after driving through a crowd of pedestrians, injuring at least a dozen people on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

One person was killed and 22 more were injured after a speeding car veered onto the sidewalk in New York City's Times Square on Thursday and plowed through a crowd of pedestrians before crashing and appearing to catch fire, reports Reuters. A man behind the wheel of the red Honda was taken into custody at the scene, reports CBS News; he's since been identified as 26-year-old Richard Rojas of the Bronx. Rojas appeared to be impaired, officials said; he has two prior convictions for drunk driving, reports the New York Times. "Based on information we have at this moment, there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference. "People were being hit and rolling off the car," one witness tells Reuters. (More Times Square stories.)

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