A car traveling through Times Square drove into a crowd of pedestrians, killing an 18-year-old womand and injuring 23 others.
Witnesses said that the vehicle drove against traffic and onto the sidewalk, hitting pedestrians.
At a press conference early Thursday afternoon, New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill said that the driver, 26-year-old U.S. Navy veteran Richard Rojas, had been taken into custody. Witnesses said that he appeared intoxicated and O’Neill said he had 2 prior DUI arrests.
O’Neill added that there’s no indication that the incident is terrorism-related.
Earlier, the New York Police Department called the tragedy an “isolated incident” which “remains under investigation.”
One male in custody in the #TimesSquare vehicle collision.
It is believed to be an isolated incident, it remains under investigation.
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 18, 2017
Television images taken at the scene midday Thursday showed people being taken away on stretchers.
The car came to rest with two of its wheels in the air, leaning on a lamppost and steel barriers intended to block vehicles from getting onto the sidewalk.