One person has been confirmed killed and at least 22 other have been were injured on Thursday when a car plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square in one of New York City’s most congested corridors.
Local NYPD officials who responded to the incident ruling out terrorism a motive with a 26-year-old driver appearing to have been either drunk or impaired by drugs. Senior police stated that the driver of the vehicle had been arrested twice for drunken driving.
“Based on information we have at this moment, there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Thursday afternoon in Times Square. The conditions of the injured victims was not known at the time of publication.
Witnesses described the horror of seeing the car traveling at high speeds through the neighborhood, which was packed with tourists, workers and many others on a sultry afternoon, and the mayhem in one of the world’s busiest and most famous plazas immediately evoked fears that it had been a deliberate act.
Annie Donahey 24 was leaving work on 7th Avenue between 42nd and 43rd streets when the Maroon Honda sped past her and tragically slammed into pedestrians on the sidewalk. “It was going at a fast rate of speed and to me it looked it was trying to hit as many people as possible,” she said. “People were trying to jump out of the way.”
The exact route traveled by the car to the scene was not immediately known before it came to rest at the northwest corner of 45th Street and Broadway. The Honda sat tilted on bollards, its right wheels off the ground, its front hood crumpled and trunk open, as detectives and investigators canvassed the area.
A few blocks away, Sharif White, who sells T-shirts and hats on the corner of 44th Street and 7th Avenue, stood next to the body of a woman on her back on the sidewalk, who was surrounded by paramedics.
“It hit her,” he said, pointing to the woman. “And it hit a couple of other people. Then the next thing I know it went straight down to 45th. It just was doing like about 100 miles per hour and then the car crashed.”
The car’s bumper sat on 44th Street and 7th Avenue in the middle of the sidewalk.
Magdy Tawfik, a hot dog vendor near the corner, said the car had struck three people there.
“The car sped through here, it was moving so fast, and it crushed all these people,” he said
A Police Department spokesman said the driver of the car had been taken into custody. The law enforcement official said the driver was from the Bronx. The police had taped off many of blocks around Times Square.
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