Thursday, 18 May 2017

At least 22 people injured and one dead as car hits New York's Times Square

At least 22 people have been injured and one is dead after a speeding car struck pedestrians in New York City's Times Square.
A witness told Reuters news agency they saw seven people being loaded onto stretchers, shoes scattered around the scene and one person covered in a bloodstained blanket.

The body of a person killed in the accident was pictured lying underneath a bloodied sheet

An injured pedestrian told Reuters the driver's actions appeared to have been "intentional".

Other witnesses said the vehicle drove against traffic and onto the pavement before striking the pedestrians at about midday local time.

Fox News said one of its contacts at the New York Police Department (NYPD) told them the driver may have committed a robbery.

The New York Post reported that when the car eventually crashed into a pole, the driver got out of the vehicle and tried to run away, according to witnesses.

He punched a police officer before several cops were able to apprehend him, witnesses said.

Police were filmed taking a man into custody shortly after the deadly collision. He has been identified as Richard Rojas, 26, from the Bronx

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