Car mows down pedestrians in Times Square, killing one and injuring many more

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An ex-naval officer speeding the wrong way up a Seventh Avenue sidewalk mowed down nearly two dozen pedestrians in the heart of Times Square, killing one person and injuring 22 others, officials said.Richard Rojas, a Bronx native with two prior DWIs, started the carnage at Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street, where he made a “quick U-turn” and mounted the sidewalk, said NYPD Assistant Chief William Aubry. He then sped north for 3½ blocks, killing 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman and injuring 22 others, before his 2009 Honda Accord struck a pole near 45th Street and Broadway, officials said. “[He] proceeded to drive at a high rate of speed along the sidewalk from 42nd to 45th Street, striking a large number of pedestrians along the way,” NYPD Chief of Police James O’Neill said at a press conference Thursday afternoon. A traffic agent stationed in the area tackled Rojas when he got out of his car, as other patrol cops and civilians jumped in to help apprehend him, Aubry added. Witnesses said he punched a police officer at one point. Rojas was put in a patrol car and taken to the Midtown South Precinct, where he made “certain statements” to police officers, officials said. He’s being tested for drugs and alcohol. Photos taken in the wake of the carnage show pedestrians lying in the street, and the young woman covered with a bloodstained blanket on the sidewalk. “just witnessed a car running people over in times square. scariest moment of my life. what is wrong with some people?!” wrote Twitter user Michael Rickerby.

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