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. The woman's 13-year-old sister was among the injured.
"Based on the information we have at this moment, there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism", New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters.
Alyssa Elsman, 18, was a kind, compassionate student known around the school for selling delicious muffins she baked in a cooking class, principal Eric Alburtus said.
Authorities say Richard Rojas was taken into custody Thursday after mowing down 23 people, including a teenager who died.
When the vehicle crashed into a barricade, Mr Lowe saw the driver get out and start running until he was tackled.
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Cheryl Howard and her daughter were out shopping when the auto sped down the sidewalk. He says Rojas was posting "crazy stuff" online that has since been taken down. Beside her was a NY state license plate and a side mirror that broke off from the vehicle, a police officer at the scene said. It's been reported Rojas has previously been arrested twice for drink driving.
A report via the dailymail told of Rojas blowing a 0.0 when tested for alcohol along with initial testing coming back positive for drug substances.
"People were jumping out of the way, but he just kept going".
Officials say the driver is in custody and being tested for alcohol.
Annette Proehl, a Pennsylvania resident, was in Times Square with children on a field trip when she heard a screeching tires vehicle and people screaming. He was combative with officers arresting him, authorities said.More news: Getting closer: McGregor resolves Mayweather bout with UFC
Officers there told her there was an "unknown speeding auto", Sciutto said. In previous arrests, he told authorities he believed he was being harassed and followed, according to a law enforcement official who wasn't authorized to speak publicly on an ongoing probe and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Rojas' descent into self destruction came after the former Navy electrician mate fireman's apprentice left the service, serving the US Navy from 2011 to 2015.
At 11.55am local time yesterday his auto slammed into a curb at 42nd Street on the southern end of Times Square and crashed through pedestrians waiting for the traffic lights to change.
Police do not suspect a link to terrorism, but the vehicle was checked by the bomb squad and certain city landmarks were getting a beefed up police presence.
Vehicle plowing into pedestrians has killed a women and has injured 22 other people on Times Square.More news: Oil market re-balancing is here and will continue, IEA says
The White House said President Trump was informed of the situation in Times Square and would continue to be briefed as it unfolded.
Rojas attended college and works in real estate, Ramos said.
The sidewalks around Times Square have been secured with more than 200 steel bollards meant to prevent accidental or criminal vehicle intrusions, said Rob Reiter, chief security consultant for CalPipe Security Bollards.
Harlem resident Tyezhane, 20, who would only give her first name, said she was walking to work at a shoe store when she saw the auto on the sidewalk.More news: 82 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls swapped for prisoners
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