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The vehicle and emergency workers at the scene of the incident.
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Motorist crashes into crowd in New York; 1 killed

NEW YORK, May 19, 2017

A US Navy veteran plowed his car into pedestrians in New York City's packed Times Square on Thursday, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 people, reports said. 
 
The motorist mounted the sidewalk in a Honda sedan and sped along for more than three city blocks, knocking people over before the car struck a pole and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan, Reuters said quoting witnesses.
 
Police who arrested the driver identified him as Richard Rojas, 26, from the New York City borough of the Bronx.
 
Rojas was charged with one count of murder in the second-degree, aggravated vehicular homicide and multiple counts of attempted murder, a New York police spokesman said in an email late on Thursday. 
 
Rojas had previously been arrested twice for drunken driving, in 2008 and 2015, and once this month on a charge of menacing for threatening another man with a knife, police said.
 



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