Car mows down Times Square pedestrians for blocks, killing 1

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 20, 2017

Police say a 26-year-old U.S. Navy veteran with two prior arrests for driving while intoxicated has been taken in custody after his auto plowed into 23 pedestrians in Times Square, killing one of them.

The officials said Rojas told officers he had been hearing voices.

Rojas was in custody and unable to comment.

He was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated in 2008 and 2015, police Commissioner James O'Neill said.

Neighborhood acquaintances in the Bronx said Rojas was a friendly man who had been having problems.

Police do not suspect a link to terrorism, but the vehicle was checked by the bomb squad and some landmarks were getting beefed-up security.

Brooklyn resident Asa (AY-suh) Lowe was standing outside the Levi's store enjoying the weather when he heard screaming around midday Thursday. The vehicle leaned on a lamppost and steel barriers meant to block vehicles from getting onto the sidewalk.

"We were just touring, seeing how attractive Times Square was", Prasad said.

Video posted online showed steam or smoke pouring from the auto for a few moments after it stopped moving.

Bruno Carvalho, a student at SUNY Albany, said the vehicle approached quickly and passed him on the sidewalk.

The White House says that President Donald Trump has been "made aware" that a vehicle plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square and that he will continue to receive updates as the situation unfolds.

The White House said President Donald Trump was informed of the situation in Times Square and would continue to be briefed as it unfolded.

Television images taken at the scene showed people being taken away on stretchers.

Pandemonium erupted when the vehicle barreled through the prime tourist location and slammed into a security barrier, coming to rest with two of its wheels in the air. There are many areas where vehicles could be driven onto packed sidewalks or public plazas.

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