1 dead, 20 hurt after car plows into Times Square crowd

Speeding Car Plows Into Pedestrians In Times Square -- One Dead, Many Injured

Speeding Car Plows Into Pedestrians In Times Square -- One Dead, Many Injured

Police said they were testing to determine whether Rojas was intoxicated at the time of the incident, although some outlets have reported that he admitted to using marijuana.

Investigators were searching his Bronx home and canvassing the crime scene for video.

Rojas enlisted in the Navy in 2011 and was an electrician's mate fireman apprentice. Details were not immediately available.

The driver of a vehicle which ploughed into pedestrians while speeding in New York City's Times Square has been named as 26-year-old Richard Rojas.

At least one person was killed and 19 others wounded after a vehicle drove through a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square just before noon Thursday.

He said that out of an "abundance of caution", security across key locations around the city will be stepped up and major sites in the city will get additional police coverage from the anti-terror units.

Police say a 26-year-old man was in custody and was suspected of driving while intoxicated. His most recent arrest was for menacing; Rojas is a notary and was arrested earlier this month for threatening someone who came to his home to get an annuity notarized, sources said.

Balde, 57, a ticket agent for CitySightseeing, said the two men grabbed the driver, and held him until cops took over.

"I'm the area all the time", she said.

"Today's events at Times Square were nothing short of horrific", Cuomo said at a briefing to the media, CNBC reports.

"This place?" Balde said.

3 fall from Ferris wheel in Washington
Funtastic has been in operation since the 1950s. "This is a bad , awful thing", said Ronald Burback, president of Funtastic. Several people were injured after falling off a ride at a fair in Washington late Thursday, officials said.

Some people were sobbing, others were simply stunned by what they witnessed.

You need to be Logged in to sign up for Express Login.

Abdel Dosokey, 20, told the Guardian he was working in a falafel cart at Broadway and 43rd Street, on the east side of Times Square, when the vehicle crashed, sending pedestrians running and screaming.

The vehicle ended up tilted on its left tires at West 45th Street, where street barriers stopped it, O'Neill said.

At that point, Balde and several others jumped on top of him and held him down until officers arrived.

A man steered his auto onto a sidewalk running through the heart of Times Square and mowed down pedestrians for three blocks Thursday, killing a teenager, then emerged from his wrecked vehicle wild-eyed and waving his arms before he was subdued by police and bystanders.

Planet Hollywood said Bradix "selflessly and heroically took action, helping to stop the fleeing suspect".

President Trump has been briefed on the situation and will continue to receive updates, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.

The sidewalks around Times Square are 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.

That network of barricades, though, is far from a complete defense. Sources also said police are trying to determine whether Rojas suffers from psychological problems, based on statements made at the time of his arrest.

Recommended News

  • Tom Brady now has something in common with James Bond

    Tom Brady now has something in common with James Bond

    No word on whether Brady's special-edition design comes with the five-time Super Bowl victor lounging on the hood. A company rep said it "might be hard to tell" if Brady's endorsement will help them sell any more than usual.
    Laptop ban in Europe could cost airline passengers $1 billion

    Laptop ban in Europe could cost airline passengers $1 billion

    The International Air Transport Association, or IATA, which represents 265 airlines, wrote to both the European Union and the U.S. With the USA pushing to expand the ban, and other groups suggesting it should be rolled back, we may be at a tipping point.
    Trump's Chopper Couldn't Land On Israeli Site, So He's Not Going There

    Trump's Chopper Couldn't Land On Israeli Site, So He's Not Going There

    This announcement left Netanyahu's angry and White House officials had to reiterate that this was not Trump's position. During the nine-day, five-city foreign trip, he will travel to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium, Italy and the Vatican.
  • Jay Howard quickest at Indianapolis, Fernando Alonso fourth

    I can't wait for May 28. "If it is not the case, then I will be more than happy to talk to anyone". Now, you are obviously focused on practice, but qualifying will be exciting.

    Real Madrid on verge of title after Ronaldo inspires win at Celta

    However, it was game on 20 minutes from time as John Guidetti halved the deficit with a deflected shot from the edge of the area. The Welshman has lifted the trophy twice since completing his then world record breaking £86m move from Tottenham in 2013.
    Brendan Rodgers urges Celtic to complete 'remarkable' unbeaten league campaign against Hearts

    Brendan Rodgers urges Celtic to complete 'remarkable' unbeaten league campaign against Hearts

    He pounced on some slackness in the Thistle defence to send another curling shot into the net from the edge of the box. But I think for the twentieth time I'm going to say he is going back to Manchester City.
  • 22 million WannaCry ransomware attack attempts blocked by Symantec

    Currently, an estimated 200,000 victims in 150 different countries are reported to have been hit by the cyberattack. Always practice net safety . "One should avoid clicking on unknown and suspicious download links", the SP added.
    AR Rahman, Shruti Haasan excited about Cannes debut

    AR Rahman, Shruti Haasan excited about Cannes debut

    Taran Adarsh has shared the first look of the movie and tweeted alongside, "Shruti Haasan in #Sangamithra [Hindi, Tamil, Telugu]". A period drama set in a specified time period (read 8th Century AD), the epic fantasy is to be launched at Cannes festival.
    Microsoft's New Surface Pro Revealed In Leaked Photos

    Microsoft's New Surface Pro Revealed In Leaked Photos

    Blass Notes that, despite rumours about a Surface Book 2, this won't make its debut at next week's event. This alleged device could be the upcoming Surface Pro 5 with upgraded hardware specifications.
  • Barrick Gold Corp (ABX) Given Neutral Rating at Clarkson Capital

    After the most recent period, the company reported quarterly EPS of $0.15 against the Zacks Research consensus estimate of $0.16. Fore Research & Management LP purchased a new position in shares of Barrick Gold Corp during the fourth quarter worth $159,000.

    Sharapova accepts Birmingham wildcard

    Controversy has surrounded Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam women's singles champion, since she came back from her drugs ban last month.
    Will Smith, Almodovar open a testy Cannes Film Festival

    Will Smith, Almodovar open a testy Cannes Film Festival

    But Smith was among those not clapping and he disagreed with the Spanish director, revealing his kids are huge Netflix fans. Festival programmers thought "they could get away with showing Netflix movies", he said.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.