1 dead, 12 injured after vehicle plows into pedestrians in Times Square

Officials say the driver is in custody and being tested for alcohol.

City officials said the dead woman was 18 years old.

NYPD said the suspect, Richard Rojas, is a Bronx resident who was arrested in 2008 and 2015 for drunk driving. Rojas was charged with misdemeanour battery and resisting an officer without violence, but it was unclear how the case was resolved.

Terrorism isn't suspected in the crash.

A United States military veteran with a criminal past - but no apparent terror motive - plowed a vehicle into a crowd of people in New York's Times Square on Thursday, killing one person and injuring 22 others.

New York's mayor and police commissioner rushed to the scene, fearing a terrorist attack. He was being transported to a facility to be tested for drugs and alcohol.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

Witnesses said the motorist was driving against traffic before his burgundy Honda sedan mounted the sidewalk and struck pedestrians.

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At least one person was killed and 22 injured, according to reports at press time.

Police said Mr Rojas made a quick U-turn onto 42nd Street and then drove up the sidewalk for three blocks, passing tourist hot spots such as the Hard Rock Cafe and the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant and mowing people down before slamming into a pole.

Witnesses described a harrowing scene that started with screeching tires and ended with screams and panic and a fiery crash at one of the world's most visited sites.

Police secure the area after the auto mounted the footpath and drove into pedestrians at Times Square in NY. He turned in time to see the vehicle roaring up the street. She bolted across the street. At first, I thought someone was intentional doing it. Twenty-two other people were injured in the incident.

Elizabeth Long of OH told CNN she was walking to the Hard Rock Cafe when she saw a maroon vehicle heading toward her on the sidewalk. I turn around because someone screamed.

"The girl who was walking next to me died".

"People were trying to jump out of the way".

"I saw a woman flying through the air", Julio Sanchez Rivera, of Queens, said.

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More than 200 of them were installed a year ago in partnership with city and Times Square officials to reduce pedestrian injuries and prevent unintentional or terrorist vehicle "incursions", according to bollard maker Calpipe Security Bollards.

The vehicle, which stopped at West 45th Street and Broadway, caught fire. Elsman graduated from high school in 2016, her former principal said. "The fact that that's where he ended up going through was probably the most devastating place that he could've gone", she added. "We initially thought they were filming something".

In a statement, Gov. Cuomo called the day's events "nothing short of horrific".

Officers there told her there was an "unknown speeding vehicle", Sciutto said.

The White House said President Donald Trump was informed of the situation in Times Square and would continue to be briefed as it unfolded.

The auto leaned on a lamppost and steel barriers meant to block vehicles from getting onto the sidewalk.

The incident occurred around lunchtime at the crowded Times Square in the heart of Manhattan and among the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

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