Car mows down Times Square pedes­tri­ans for blocks, killing 1

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NEW YORK— A man steered his car onto a side­walk run­ning through the heart of Times Square and mowed down pedes­tri­ans for three blocks Thurs­day, killing a teenager, then emerged from his wrecked ve­hi­cle wild-eyed and wav­ing his arms be­fore he was sub­dued by po­lice and by­standers.

The driver, a 26-yearold US Navy vet­eran, told of­fi­cers he was hear­ing voices and ex­pected to die, two law en­force­ment of­fi­cials said.

Help­less pedes­tri­ans had lit­tle time to re­act as the car bar­reled down the side­walk and through in­ter­sec­tions be­fore smash­ing into a row of steel se­cu­rity bar­ri­ers in­stalled in re­cent years to pre­vent ve­hi­cle at­tacks on the square where mas­sive crowds gather ev­ery New Year’s Eve. The car came to rest with its two right wheels in the air.

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

Po­lice said 23 peo­ple were hit by the car, in­clud­ing an 18-year-old tourist from Michi­gan who died. The woman’s 13-year-old sis­ter was among the in­jured./

/AP

In­ves­ti­ga­tors look un­der a smashed car that 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.

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