Update: 1 Dead After Car Ploughs Through Pedestrians in Times Square
New York City Police have declared a “mass casualty incident” after a speeding car drove onto the sidewalk in Times Square, killing one and injuring at least a dozen people. The incident does not seem to be a terrorist attack, police said.
The car reportedly drove the wrong way up 7th Avenue, crossed onto the sidewalk and hit at least 13 people. It eventually crashed into metal barriers at the corner of 7th Avenue and 45th Street.
Video and photos from the scene show dark red vehicle tilted to its side against a barrier, surrounded by firefighters. Another video shows a man being led away by NYPD officers.
WCBS-TV has identified the suspect as a 26-year-old male resident of The Bronx with two previous drunk-driving convictions. The New York Post gives the suspect’s name as Richard Rojas. The crash took place as Rojas was fleeing from the police after a robbery, according to Fox News.
The incident is not being treated as a terrorist attack at this time, according to NYPD.