New York Times Square crash: Driver arrested

Video captured by Italian broadcaster Mediaset on Thursday (May 18) shows the moment a car crashed into a crowd in New York's Times Square.
A speeding car plowed into pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City's busy Times Square on Thursday, killing one person and injuring 22, and authorities said there was no indication it was an act of terrorism.
First-responders helping injured people after a car mounted the sidewalk, hitting pedestrians in New York City's Times Square yesterday. The police said the crash was likely a case of driving while impaired and not terrorism.
First-responders helping injured people after a car mounted the sidewalk, hitting pedestrians in New York City's Times Square yesterday. The police said the crash was likely a case of driving while impaired and not terrorism.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK • A speeding red sedan struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City's Times Square yesterday, killing at least one person.

A Reuters picture showed a woman lying on the sidewalk with her face covered with a white sheet.

Thirteen people were being treated for injuries after the collision at the popular midtown Manhattan tourist spot, according to the New York City Fire Department.

The New York Police Department said the crash was likely a case of DWI, or driving while impaired, and not terrorism, CBS news reported.

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An injured pedestrian told Reuters that the driver, who was taken into custody following the incident, appeared to have intentionally mowed down the pedestrians.

The driver was said to be driving against the traffic before mounting the sidewalk in 7th Avenue and 45th Street in the city.

Twitter user Michael Rickerby wrote: "Just witnessed a car running people over in Times Square. Scariest moment of my life. What is wrong with some people?!"


A car ploughed into pedestrians in New York City’s Times Square late yesterday Singapore time, injuring more than 10 people and killing one. Early reports indicated that this incident was not related to terrorism. The area is a hot spot for tourists. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2017, with the headline 'New York Times Square crash: Driver arrested'. Print Edition | Subscribe