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NYC- Car crashes into Times Square pedestrians

19 May 2017

Jacksonville historian and author Wayne Wood was right there when an out-of-control driver jumped a sidewalk in Times Square and drove into pedestrians along a three-block stretch, leaving an 18-year-old woman dead and at least 20 others injured, according to police. Officials said they are expected to survive, though that may change.

One neighbor says Rojas is a "good person" and he doesn't know what happened to him. "I wanted to kill them". The auto traveled on the sidewalk for three blocks, striking and killing Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old woman from MI. Her name was Alyssa Elsman and she had been visiting from MI with her family. Her 13-year-old sister was transported to a hospital.

Authorities said the driver had been traveling down 7th Avenue and made a U-turn at 42nd Street, then mounted the curb and sped up the sidewalk for three blocks before flipping the vehicle on a short security post at the corner of 45th Street and Broadway.

It came to a standstill with smoke and flames escaping the bonnet.

Rojas was arrested from the crime scene Thursday after he lost control of his auto, killing an 18-year-old MI woman named Alyssa Elsman and leaving 22 others injured.

The driver who hit the pedestrians, 26-year-old Richard Rojas, was arrested.

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Initial tests came back negative for alcohol, according to law enforcement sources.

Witnesses at the crash said the wounded were "laying on the sidewalks" and others were "screaming and running", as The Washington Post reported.

One pedestrian was killed in the crash.

"He just started running until people tackled him down", Lowe said. He also reportedly told police the end of the world is coming.

Rojas was taken into police custody shortly after, where he has undergone police and drug testing.

Police do not suspect a link to terrorism and the driv.

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The incident was not an considered act of terrorism, and the suspected driver of the auto was in custody.

Abdel Dosokey, 20, told the Guardian he was working in a falafel cart at Broadway and 43rd Street, on the east side of Times Square, when the auto crashed, sending pedestrians running and screaming.

The killer, who's been arrested twice for DWI, wasn't drunk when he went on the rampage in the heart of the Big Apple, a high-ranking police official said. "As facts continue to emerge, my heart goes out to the victims of this bad tragedy, as well as their families", New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement from the scene.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that Trump was briefed before NY authorities confirmed the death.

People rushed to help the injured, who were lying on the sidewalk.

Times Square is a highly popular destination for Australian tourists.

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