Times Square crash suspect posted 'crazy stuff'

After the auto struck a barricade and stopped, the driver climbed out of his vehicle, Lowe said. NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said the suspect was 26-year-old Richard Rojas, a resident of the Bronx and a Navy veteran.

Rojas was arrested in Jacksonville in 2012 at Naval Station Mayport.

Police did not immediately release the cause of the crash.

The driver who hit the pedestrians, 26-year-old Richard Rojas, was arrested. And it's terrifying because I'm here all the time. "No one even saw it coming". "He didn't stop. He just kept going", Lowe said. "Boom!' And everyone just starts running", she said.

The driver, a USA navy veteran named as Richard Rojas, was arrested at the scene and breathalysed.

A suspected drunk driver mounted the kerb close to New York's Times Square and drove for three blocks smashing into pedestrians.

A driver speeding down a sidewalk in Times Square injured 22 people and killed an 18-year-old woman before his auto finally crashed into a metal stanchion.

The maroon sedan vehicle, travelling at high speed, crashed into the group of people and ended up flipping onto its side on the sidewalk, before ambulances and police descended on the area, according to agencies.

The victim who was killed on Thursday after a vehicle jumped a curb in Times Square and plowed into a group of pedestrians has been identified.

Police said an 18-year-old woman was killed and her 13-year-old sister was injured and taken to the hospital.

18-year-old Alyssa Elsman has been identified as the incident's one fatality. Five people who were hurt declined medical attention at the scene. Officials said they are expected to survive, though that may change.

"This is a tough day for New York City", said de Blasio, who thanked emergency service workers who had been quick to arrive on scene to treat the wounded. According to mayor bill De Blasio, now the incident is not being treated as a terrorist attack.

"It was wonderful. We were in the middle of Times Square and people started running", Wood said. Press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that Trump was briefed before NY authorities confirmed the death.

They recalled Alyssa Elsman as fun and supportive of those lucky enough to know her.

Pedestrians had little time to react as the auto went the wrong way up the pavement before smashing into a row of steel security barriers installed in recent years to prevent vehicle attacks on the square.

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