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Portage woman killed in crash in Times Square

19 Mai 2017

One woman was killed and 22 more injured when a vehicle slammed into a crowd in New York's Times Square on Thursday, authorities said.

"This is a tough day for New York City, but I want to thank our first responders who got here so quickly", Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote on Twitter.

The rampage killed Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old resident of Portage, Michigan, who had been visiting the city, and left four people in critical condition, officials said.

Police identified the driver as 26-year-old USA citizen Richard Rojas, who had a history of arrests for driving while intoxicated.

After the vehicle came to a halt, the driver tried to flee before officers took him into custody.

Richard Rojas, a 26-year old Bronx man with a history of DWI arrests, was taken into custody, police commissioner James O'Neill told reporters.

In one of his two previous DWI arrests, the suspect was driving faster than 99 miles per hour in a 50 miles per hour zone, sources familiar with his record say.

Witnesses reported that he drove the wrong way and on a sidewalk for at least three blocks, mowing down pedestrians.

Police say an 18-year-old woman killed by a auto that plowed through pedestrians in Times Square was a tourist from Portage, Michigan. Twenty-two people were hurt - one of them Elsman's 13-year-old sister Ava. After the auto he stopped, he reportedly climbed out and took off running.

Police say they do not now believe the crash was in any way linked to terrorism.

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig). A smashed vehicle sits on the corner of Broadway and 45th Street in New York's Times Square after ploughing through a crowd of pedestrians at lunchtime on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

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The incident took place close to noon ET (1600 GMT) on a bright, sunny day.

The 2009 Honda Accord sedan went up on a sidewalk on 7th Ave between 42nd and 43rd street - hitting multiple pedestrians.

Bradix says Rojas was screaming and swinging his arms and got away from three people who tried to grab him.

Rojas is now being transported to a facility where he will undergo testing for drugs and alcohol. Building foreman Rodney Muir said he heard what sounded like a big bang and crunching metal.

A bouncer from the Planet Hollywood restaurant and a ticket agent were among onlookers who helped police subdue the suspect when he tried to flee the scene, media reports said.

A man accused of steering his vehicle on to one of the busiest pavements in the USA and mowing down pedestrians has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

He expressed sympathy for those injured and especially for the woman who was killed and her family. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said President Trump was made aware of the incident.

Recent attacks in England, France and Germany in which vehicles ploughed through crowds of pedestrians led to fears this was a terrorist incident.

A witness told Reuters news agency they saw seven people being loaded onto stretchers, shoes scattered around the scene and one person covered in a bloodstained blanket.

"I was in shock, I was screaming", she said.

Portage woman killed in crash in Times Square