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1 Dead After Car Slams Into New York Pedestrians

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1 Dead After Car Slams Into New York Pedestrians

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Last Updated: 18 May 2017 (3:00PM)

A car slammed into pedestrians at Times Square, killing an 18-year-old woman Thursday.

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

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Authorities in New York say a deadly car crash Thursday in the city's Times Square was not linked to terrorism. A suspect was arrested for slamming into a crowd of pedestrians and was likely intoxicated. Witnesses were rattled by the incident, but still went on with their business as usual. Zlatica Hoke reports. 19 May 2017 (0:42AM)
Twenty-two additional people were injured, according to the New York Fire Department. Four of them were in critical condition, but none is likely to perish, New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told a press conference.

The incident does not appear to be linked to terrorism and is being investigated as an accident, according to New York City police, who are working with the FBI to investigate.

“Based on the info we have at this moment, there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told a press conference. "That being said, we are reinforcing key locations around the city with our anti-terror units of the NYPD," he added.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio briefed reporters on incident in Times Square on Thursday, May 18, 2017. 18 May 2017 (1:55PM)
Police said the red Honda sedan mounted the sidewalk and traveled for three blocks at high speeds before crashing into a lamp post on 45th Street and Broadway.

President Donald Trump has been made aware of the situation and will continue to receive updates, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

The Department of Homeland Security also stated that it is in close contact with law enforcement officials in New York City about the incident.

"The DHS National Operations center has been coordinating with the New York City Fusion Center to provide the Secretary and the White House updates. Local officials are investigating the cause of the incident," it said in a statement.

Police have closed off the area.

Times Square, full of restaurants, shops and entertainment, is a popular tourist destination in New York City, attracting hundreds of thousands of pedestrians on a daily basis.

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Footage from Times Square in New York City where a car drove into a crowd of pedestrians, injuring several people on Thursday, May 18, 2017. 18 May 2017 (12:26PM)

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