Car mows down Times Square pedes­tri­ans for blocks

Cape Breton Post - - World -

A man who ap­peared to be in­tox­i­cated steered his car onto a side­walk run­ning through the heart of Times Square on Thurs­day and mowed down pedes­tri­ans for three blocks, killing a teenager and in­jur­ing 22 others, be­fore he was tack­led by by­standers, author­i­ties said.

Pan­de­mo­nium erupted when the ve­hi­cle bar­relled through the prime tourist lo­ca­tion and slammed into a se­cu­rity bar­rier, com­ing to rest with two of its wheels in the air. The car leaned on a lamp­post and steel bar­ri­ers in­tended to block ve­hi­cles from get­ting onto the side­walk.

“He didn’t stop,’’ said Asa Lowe, of Brook­lyn, who was stand­ing out­side a store when he heard scream­ing. “He just kept go­ing.’’

The driver was tack­led by pedes­tri­ans and taken into cus­tody. He was be­ing tested for drugs and al­co­hol and charges against him were pend­ing.

The crash hap­pened at mid­day on a hot, clear day that brought large crowds of peo­ple into the streets to en­joy the good weather. Video posted on­line showed steam or smoke pour­ing from the car for a few mo­ments af­ter it stopped mov­ing.

The driver, a 26-year-old Navy vet­eran named Richard Ro­jas, was taken into cus­tody and was un­der­go­ing tests for al­co­hol and drugs, Po­lice Com­mis­sioner James O’Neill said. Ro­jas had been ar­rested at least twice pre­vi­ously for driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated, once in 2008 and once in 2015, po­lice said. He pleaded guilty to an in­frac­tion in 2015 and was or­dered to com­plete a drunken driv­ing pro­gram and lost his li­cense for 90 days.

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