A driver speeding the wrong way up Seventh Avenue plowed into pedestrians in Times Square, killing at least one person and injuring 19 others, law enforcement sources said.
The motorist was identified by police sources as Richard Rojas, a 26-year-old Bronx resident with two prior DWIs. He was taken into police custody after the crash.
The NYPD does not believe the incident is related to terrorism.
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The motorist reportedly drove the wrong way up Seventh Avenue for up to three blocks, hitting several people along the way before crashing into a pole at 45th Street and Broadway, police and witnesses said.
Video shows cops hauling away the shirtless out-of-control driver who plowed his car into a crowd of people in the heart of Times Square on Thursday.
Richard Rojas, 26, who lives in the Bronx, was hunched over as a swarm of police officers escorted him into the back of a cop car following the wild crash.
Rojas, who has two prior arrests for DWI, was tested for alcohol and refused to make any statements, sources said
More than a dozen people were injured and at least one was killed, according to police sources.
“There’s video that shows the guy just drives right through it. It’s not a pretty sight,” a high-ranking source said. “He was on the sidewalk.”
When the car finally crashed into a pole, the driver got out of the vehicle and tried to run away, according to witnesses. He punched a police officer before several cops were able to apprehend him, witnesses said.
Photos show pedestrians lying in the street, and one person covered with a bloodstained blanket on the sidewalk.
Seven injured people were placed on stretchers, witnesses told Reuters.
“just witnessed a car running people over in times square. scariest moment of my life. what is wrong with some people?!” wrote Twitter user Michael Rickerby.
A witness whose office conference room overlooks Times Square said she saw up to six people lying on the ground after the crash.
Rojas, who is a notary, was arrested on May 11 in The Bronx for threatening someone who came to his house to get an annuity notarized. Rojas accused the person of stealing his ID, then put a knife to his throat, police sources said.
He was charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, but pleaded guilty to harassment.
Rojas was also charged with DWI in 2008 and 2015, according to sources.