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 car plowed into 23 pedestrians in Times Square, killing one of them.
Witnesses said Richard Rojas appeared to be intoxicated, and he was taken into custody Thursday afternoon. Witnesses reported that he drove the wrong way and on a sidewalk for at least three blocks, mowing down pedestrians.
Rojas was in custody and unable to comment. Police Commissioner James O’Neill says the crash doesn’t appear to be related to terrorism.
Police say the Bronx man was being tested for alcohol and drugs.
Witnesses in Times Square watched in horror as car plowed over pedestrians, killing one and injuring 19 others.
Brooklyn resident Asa (AY-suh) Lowe was standing outside the Levi’s store enjoying the weather when he heard screaming around midday Thursday. He turned around and saw the car hitting people on the sidewalk.
He says the driver was “just mowing down people. He didn’t stop.”
The car hit a barricade and stopped. Lowe says the driver then got out of his car and started running until people tackled him.
Lowe saw injured people, including a woman who “had tracks all over her body.”
Police say a 26-year-old man was in custody and was suspected of driving while intoxicated.