Published on Friday, May 19, 2017

Tourist killed and 22 injured as speeding car hits pedestrians in Times Square

One person was killed and 22 others injured after a car drove on to a pavement in New York City's Times Square yesterday.

The deceased has been identified as 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman, from Portage, Michigan, who was visiting the city.

Police said it was an isolated incident and New York Mayor Bill do Blasio said: "There is no indication that this was an act of terrorism."

The vehicle jumped the kerb at 7th Avenue and West 42nd Street in the busy tourist area and sped along the pavement until 45th Street.

The driver, 26-year-old US Navy veteran Richard Rojas from Brooklyn, is due to appear in court later today charged with second-degree murder, aggravated vehicular homicide and multiple counts of attempted murder

He reportedly told police he had heard voices telling him to hurt people.

The New York Police Department said initial investigations show Rojas has had two previous arrests for driving while intoxicated.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office yesterday advised visitors to NYC to avoid the immediate area of the incident and follow the advice of the local security authorities and/or their tour operator.


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