One dead, 22 injured as car rams into pedestrians in New York's Times Square video

REUTERS

Video captured by Italian broadcaster Mediaset shows the moment a car crashed into a crowd in New York's Times Square.

A speeding car plowed into pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City's busy Times Square, killing one person and injuring 22, and authorities said there was no indication it was an act of terrorism.

Witnesses said the motorist was driving against traffic before his burgundy Honda sedan mounted the sidewalk and struck pedestrians on Thursday (Friday NZ Time). The car hit a pole and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway before police took the driver away.

One woman was covered with a bloodstained blanket following the collision, which occurred close to midday local time (4am Friday NZT) at the Midtown Manhattan tourist venue, a Reuters witness said. Shoes were scattered at the scene.

The vehicle that was driven into pedestrians at New York's Times Square came to rest after crashing into a pole on ...
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The vehicle that was driven into pedestrians at New York's Times Square came to rest after crashing into a pole on Broadway & 43rd St.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters there was no indication it was an act of terrorism and that the driver had two previous arrests for drunk driving. Police identified the motorist as Richard Rojas, 26, of New York.

City officials said the dead woman was 18 years old.

REUTERS

A speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City's Times Square. Police are investigating.

Hundreds of thousands of people, many of them tourists from around the world, pass daily through the bustling commercial area, the heart of the Broadway theater district.

Police heavily patrol the area. Many sidewalks are lined with barricades and planters for fear of vehicle attacks on pedestrians of a sort seen in recent months in Britain, France, Germany and Sweden.

"People were being hit and rolling off the car," said Josh Duboff, an employee at the adjacent Thomson Reuters headquarters who jumped out of the way to avoid being struck.

Injured people are seen on the sidewalk in New York's Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians.
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Injured people are seen on the sidewalk in New York's Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians.

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Television footage showed police officers restraining a man in a dark T-shirt and placing him in a police car.

"One male in custody in the #TimesSquare vehicle collision," the NYPD said on Twitter. "It is believed to be an isolated incident, it remains under investigation."

First responders assist injured pedestrians after a vehicle struck pedestrians in Times Square.
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First responders assist injured pedestrians after a vehicle struck pedestrians in Times Square.

LOCAL SUSPECT

Police cordoned off an area from 41st to 47th streets and from 6th to 8th avenues, effectively shutting down one of the busiest parts of one of the busiest cities in the world.

The crash occurred near the headquarters of the Reuters news agency, 3 Times Square. Building foreman Rodney Muir said he heard what sounded like a big bang and crunching metal. He said he looked out and saw what appeared to be a body lying on the street in front of the building.

RNZ

One woman is dead and more than 20 injured after a speeding car ploughed into pedestrians in New York's Times square.

Cheryl Howard and her daughter were out shopping when the car sped down the sidewalk. "I'm so freaked out!" the daughter said. "They mowed everyone down."

Howard had blood dripping down her right arm and a swollen bruise above her left eye. One injured woman nearby had a large open wound on her leg.

Initial reports of the incident revived memories of July last year when a man driving a truck killed at least 84 people, 10 of them children, and injured 202 in the French city of Nice. Islamic State claimed responsibility.

On March 22, five people were killed in London and about 40 injured after a car hit pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman near Britain's parliament.

 - Reuters

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