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19 May 2017

NYC- Car crashes into Times Square pedestrians

The car crash in Times Square

On Thursday, a speeding car smashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City's Times Square, claiming 1 life and injuring 22 others.

Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York told reporters that there weren't any indications to prove that it was an act of terror.

The driver had already been arrested twice before, for drunk driving.

In context

The car crash in Times Square
Accident took place near Thomson Reuters headquarters

Details

Accident took place near Thomson Reuters headquarters

The accident took place at 12:00 (local time) and resulted in the death of an 18-year-old woman.

According to witness accounts, the driver was driving against traffic before his burgundy Honda sedan mounted the sidewalk and hit pedestrians.

The crash took place near the headquarters of the Thomson Reuters news agency.

Television footage displayed police officers restraining a man in a dark T-shirt.

20 May 2017

Times Square- Three critical after car mows down pedestrians

Three people remained critical a day after a car ploughed into pedestrians in NY's Times Square. One was killed and 20 injured.

Though Mayor Bill de Blasio said it wasn't prima facie a terror attack, he added it looked like the driver tried to mow down people intentionally, "in the sense that he was troubled and lashing out".

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Victims- One sister dead, another fights for life

The woman killed has been identified as 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman from Michigan, who was on vacation with her family. Her sister remains critical, with a broken pelvis and collapsed lung. Another 38-year-old Canadian woman is also critical.

The driver, formerly with the navy, was intoxicated

Driver

The driver, formerly with the navy, was intoxicated

Richard Rojas, the 26-year-old motorist, has prior convictions for drunk driving and has been arrested at least twice, including over "misdemeanor battery".

Police said he was intoxicated and had been speeding for three blocks.

However, there was no other incident in the 1.5 hours since he had left home.

He is now facing charges of murder, attempted murder and vehicular homicide.

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