One Pedestrian Killed, 22 Injured After Driver Plows Through Times Square Crowd


An 18-year-old woman was killed and 22 other people were injured after a driver plowed into them in Times Square on Thursday, police said.

The driver, whom the NYPD identified as 26-year-old Richard Rojas, was arrested.

The crash occurred shortly before noon when a 2009 Honda Accord driven by Rojas jumped the curb at 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue and began striking people on the sidewalk, police said.

The pedestrian who was killed was walking with her 13-year-old sister, who was also struck, according to news reports.

The car eventually crashed into a pole and stopped at 45th Street and Broadway, according to reports.

Four people were critically injured, police said.

The incident was not believed to be an act of terrorism, the NYPD said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio went to the scene, where the mayor, police, and fire officials briefed reporters.

The New York Post, citing police sources, reported that the driver drove the wrong way up Seventh Avenue for up to three blocks, before crashing into a pole at 45th Street and Broadway.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill told reporters that Rojas is a U.S. citizen who has served in the Navy.