Car Strikes Pedestrians in Times Square
Preliminary reports from Times Square indicate that, just before noon, a car drove onto a sidewalk in Times Square and struck multiple pedestrians. It was not immediately clear whether it was an intentional act or the result of the driver suffering a medical complication, but the NYPD later hinted that the driver was intoxicated and that this was an isolated incident. Expect to see an increase in police presence across the city given the similarity to previous terror-related vehicle attacks overseas.
ABC7 reports that law enforcement described the driver as having "two prior driving while intoxicated arrests and other motor vehicle violations on his record." Describing the event on Twitter, Jemel Johnston said it was hard to tell if the act was intentional or if the driver lost control.
In photos posted to social media, the car, a maroon sedan with New York plates, was seen stuck sideways on concrete safety barriers as FDNY vehicles arrived. It later caught fire, but was quickly extinguished.
In a news conference at 1:30pm, Mayor de Blasio updated the information to 23 injuries with one female killed, and reinforced that the suspect is in custody and likely has no connection to terrorism.
What's happening in Times Square?? This car was in the sidewalk and people are on the streets pic.twitter.com/PsepRtfrAr— gb (@gb__) May 18, 2017
Crazy car crash in the middle of Times Square. We are being told to shelter in place pic.twitter.com/jvEhISIhcn— Christopher Rudolph (@chrisreindeer) May 18, 2017
13 total patients currently reported at scene of motor vehicle accident in Times Square pic.twitter.com/ySwtL6ZLoc— FDNY (@FDNY) May 18, 2017
I'm at the scene on times Square where a car drove into the crowd. pic.twitter.com/fogI5kcSg5— Shmuli Evers (@Shmuli) May 18, 2017