A woman is dead and 22 are injured after a man drove his car onto the sidewalk in Times Square in New York City early this afternoon. The driver, who is under arrest, has a history of drunk driving incidents.
An 18-year-old woman is dead, and her 13-year-old sister is injured. Fox News reports more on the incident.
The suspected driver, Richard Rojas, was taken into custody in the incident, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a news conference. The 26-year-old Bronx man had two prior arrests for driving while intoxicated, in 2008 and 2015, and he was being tested for alcohol consumption on Thursday. Rojas is a U.S. citizen who previously served in the Navy, authorities said.
“He was driving very fast,” said Karma Namgyal, 49, a street vendor. “He was going the wrong way up the street and drove onto the sidewalk. He started hitting people. They were flying in the air. He plowed through them. The people he hit were face down. Everyone else started screaming. It was all fast. “
The car was going the wrong way for nearly three blocks then drove onto the sidewalk near 45th and Broadway.
Here are photos from the scene.
Here is video.
We will update this story as it develops.