Vehicle rams Times Square pedestrians, kills one, injures others


A U.S. Navy veteran plowed his vehicle into pedestrians in New York City's packed Times Square, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 people.

"Based on the information that we have at this moment, there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism", mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Police said four people are in a critical but non-life threatening condition, three are in a serious condition and 15 are less serious.

She was visiting the city from her hometown in MI with her family, and she was checking out the sights with her 13-year-old sister at the time of her death.

The driver, a 26-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, told officers he was hearing voices and expected to die, two law enforcement officials said.

The suspect, Richard Rojas, of the Bronx, tested positive for PCP and told police that God made him do it, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Witnesses said the motorist mounted the sidewalk in a burgundy Honda sedan and sped along for more than three city blocks, knocking people over before the auto struck a pole and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan. The vehicle came to rest with its two right wheels in the air.

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An 18-year-old tourist from MI was the one fatality in a auto crash that injured dozens in Times Square on Thursday. Sources said he punched a police officer as they took him into custody.

After being read his Miranda rights, Rojas said he was going to beat up the driver because he owed him $162 and disrespected him, the report said.

He tried to flee the scene after the crash, but was stopped by civilians and a traffic agent who tackled him.

As Crime Online previously reported, Rojas has a history of DUI arrests. She was in Times Square when the incident happened.

During this time, he had told police he was being harassed and followed.

A fearless bouncer with more than 20 years' experience helped bring down the suicidal motorist who went on a deadly, three block rampage in Times Square on Thursday. Twenty-six year old Rojas is a US army veteran who lives in the Bronx. -Rojas, who is a notary, was arrested earlier this month for threatening someone who came to his home to get a pension notarized. "Multiple people injured. Notify everyone". "Two of the people I saw that were really hurt, people were beside them. we were trying to tell (police) they were hurt".

President Trump has been briefed on the situation, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said. He also said "It is a tough day for New York City but as usual the people of New York City will stand firm and will be resilient" before terming the accident as "horrific".