Video footage has emerged of the fatal car ramming incident in Times Square, New York, yesterday. While the accident initially drew comparisons to terrorist attacks in Europe, it appears terrorism has been ruled out.
Warning: this footage may be too much for sensitive viewers. Discretion is advised.
WASHINGTON(Sputnik) – New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said in a press briefing on Thursday that civilians and officer were able to arrest 26-year-old Richard Rojas at the scene of the accident in Times Square.
The Guardian reported that Rojas told police that he had heard voices, and that he had an previous drunken driving record.
“The driver, 26-year-old male, identified as Richard Rojas, a resident of the Bronx, was taken into custody at the scene,” O’Neill stated.
O’Neill told reporters that Rojas drove a Honda on the sidewalk from 42nd Street to 45th Street in Times Square, hitting 23 pedestrians.
One person died at the scene, the others were all taken to the hospital with injuries, four of them critical.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said there is no indication this incident is an act of terrorism.