Car slams into pedestrians at Times Square, killing one

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A car slammed into pedestrians at Times Square, killing an 18-year-old woman Thursday.

Police identified the driver as 26-year-old U.S. citizen Richard Rojas, who had a history of arrests for driving while intoxicated.

22 additional people were injured, according to the New York Fire Department. Four of them were in critical condition, but none is likely to perish, New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told a press conference.

The incident does not appear to be linked to terrorism and is being investigated as an accident, according to New York City police, who are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“Based on the info we have at this moment, there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told a press conference. “That being said, we are reinforcing key locations around the city with our anti-terror units of the NYPD,” he added.

Police said the red Honda sedan mounted the sidewalk and traveled for three blocks at high speeds before crashing into a lamppost on 45th Street and Broadway.

President Donald Trump has been made aware of the situation and will continue to receive updates, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

The Department of Homeland Security also stated that it is in close contact with law enforcement officials in New York City about the incident.

Police have closed off the area.

Times Square, full of restaurants, shops and entertainment, is a popular tourist destination in New York City, attracting hundreds of thousands of pedestrians on a daily basis.

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