One dead, 12 injured after car hits pedestrians in Times Square

By Andrew V. Pestano  |  Updated May 19, 2017 at 12:51 AM
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May 18 (UPI) -- The New York Fire Department on Thursday said one person died and 12 others were injured after a maroon Honda Accord struck pedestrians in Times Square.

The suspect, Richard Rojas, was charged with murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, the New York City Police Department said.

New York police took Rojas, who a law enforcement official said appeared to have been either drunk or on drugs, into custody, The New York Times reported.

Rojas has been arrested twice in New York for drunken driving, New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said.

The incident occurred on 45th Street and Broadway at about noon.

"FDNY confirms 1 fatality, 12 injuries in Times Square motor vehicle accident," FDNY said in a statement.

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