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Three in critical condition after auto plows through Times Square

This tilted red sedan drove into a crowded Times Square injuring several and killing one This tilted red sedan drove into a crowded Times Square injuring several and killing one
Eleena Tovar | 20 May, 2017, 04:03

Times Square was the scene of the most serious security alert in New since the September 11, 2001 attacks when Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani immigrant, planted a auto bomb at the intersection on May 1, 2010.

The speeding vehicle jumped the sidewalk on the west side of 7th Avenue at 42nd Street and barreled into pedestrians for three blocks before crashing at the northwest corner of 45th Street, police said.

When the police arrived on the scene, Richard reportedly attempted to flee.

Investigators look under a smashed vehicle that sits on the corner of Broadway and 45th Street in New York's Times Square after ploughing through a crowd of pedestrians at lunchtime on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Police say a 26-year-old man was in custody and was suspected of driving while intoxicated.

A U.S. Navy veteran plowed his vehicle into pedestrians in New York City's packed Times Square yesterday, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 people.

A woman who used to live in the building, Fati Razak, said she occasionally sees Rojas when she returns to visit her mother.

Officials said Rojas served in the US Navy but was discharged after disciplinary problems.

"He murdered in cold blood", Assistant District Attorney Harrison Schweiloch said during the brief proceeding.

The dead woman was named by police as Alyssa Elsman, 18, who was on vacation with her family from MI. The deceased victim's 13-year-old sister was among the injured and was taken to the hospital, police said.

Three people are in critical condition with serious head injuries, and a fourth is being treated for a collapsed lung and broken pelvis, according to the complaint.

It was not immediately clear whether Rojas had a defense lawyer.

He didn't enter a plea. His next court appearance is May 24.

After he was detained, he said he wanted to "kill them all" and police should have shot him to stop him, a prosecutor said in court Friday.

The deadly rampage on Thursday started after the driver allegedly made a U-turn, then steered the auto into the packed sidewalk where it rammed dozens of pedestrians for a three block stretch.

"It is believed to be an isolated incident, it remains under investigation", NY police said on Twitter.

Photographers snapped pictures of a wild-eyed Rojas on Thursday after he climbed from the wrecked auto and ran through the streets. He was swinging his arms at the same time, said Ken Bradix, a security supervisor at a nearby Planet Hollywood restaurant who tackled Rojas.

Following his arrest shortly after the crash at around noon, Rojas was transported to a testing facility to determine whether he had drugs or alcohol in his system.

A week ago he was arrested and charged with pointing a knife at a notary, whom he accused of stealing his identity.

Rojas, who according to Navy record was enlisted in September 2011, has been embroiled in several legal cases in the past. Rojas spent his final months in the Navy at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. He says Rojas was posting "crazy stuff" online that has since been taken down.

Police sources say one possible motive investigators are looking into is suicide-by-cop based on statements Rojas allegedly made to the arresting officers, Carlin reported.

Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval brig in Charleston, South Carolina.