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Man charged with murder after vehicle mows down pedestrians in Times Square

Man charged with murder after vehicle mows down pedestrians in Times Square

The burgundy Honda saloon mounted the pavement at 45th Street and Broadway at 11:55 local time (15:55 GMT) and drove at high speed for three blocks before crashing into a pole.

Elsman's father is on his way to N.Y.C. from Portage, Michigan, according to the relative.

A Navy official says Richard Rojas had been discharged as the result of a special court martial.

The motivation of Rojas is still unclear, but Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was "no indication that this was an act of terrorism".

Rojas initially tested negative for alcohol, but more detailed drug tests are pending, according to officials.

Police said the rampage unfolded rapidly as Rojas allegedly drove his auto at high speed for three blocks down Seventh Avenue, in the heart of Times Square, made a U-turn at 42nd Street and vaulted the curb, hitting the first victim.

One investigator told the New York Times Mr Rojas had so far offered no coherent explanation, and was "just rambling and saying insane stuff".

According to the NYT, Rojas once threatened to kill police officers, and just last week assaulted a notary he accused of trying to steal his identity.

The auto appeared to catch fire, as smoke was seen coming up from it. Police said 23 people were struck, including an 18-year-old tourist from MI who died.

Law enforcement officials say a man accused of steering his auto onto one of the busiest sidewalks in the USA and mowing down pedestrians for three blocks told police he was "hearing voices".

He pleaded guilty to a harassment violation.

The Independent spoke with one man, identified by the first name Landry, who claimed he helped detain Mr Rojas.

Rojas has been arrested twice in New York - in 2015 and 2008 - for drunken driving, New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said. Harrison Ramos said Rojas was not the same when he came back from active duty in 2014.

President Donald Trump "has been made aware of the situation in Times Square and will continue to receive updates", his spokesman Sean Spicer said. He enlisted in 2011, served as an electrician's mate fireman apprentice, and was most recently based at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. Carney, a destroyer. Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval brig in Charleston, South Carolina.

"There were a lot of people out, enjoying the good day, and then I heard screaming and the auto running over bodies", she said.

Police identified the woman killed by the vehicle as Alyssa Elsman, of Portage, Michigan.

Annette Proehl, a Pennsylvania resident, was in Times Square with children on a field trip when she heard a screeching tires vehicle and people screaming.

"I wasn't even all the way in when the auto sped by", perhaps 10 feet behind her, said Long, a 54-year-old who was in town to see a musical.

Elsman graduated past year from Portage Central High School.

Just minutes before her death, Elsman posted a photo Times Square on her Instagram story. "The more you got to know her, the more you would realize she was amusing, and thoughtful, and compassionate to other people".


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