A vehicle driving through New York City’s bustling Times Square plowed into a crowd, killing a woman and injuring 22 other people during Thursday’s lunchtime rush, authorities said.
The driver, identified by police as 26-year-old Richard Rojas, was driving down Seventh Avenue in Manhattan when he made a sudden U-turn, mounted a sidewalk and drove at a “high rate” for several blocks, striking unsuspecting pedestrians along the way, authorities said. An 18-year-old woman was hit and killed, and her 13-year-old sister was injured, authorities said. Police did not release information about the other victims.
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said during an afternoon news conference that there is no indication the incident was related to terrorism. He said it was a “tough day for New York City but, as usual, the people of New York City will stand firm.”