One Dead After Car Plows Into Pedestrians In Times Square

Thursday, May 18th 2017, 2:09 pm
By: News On 6

At least one person was killed and 19 others wounded after a car drove through a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square just before noon Thursday.

The New York Police Department says the crash does not appear to be terrorism-related. The driver, a 26-year-old man from the Bronx, is in custody and has two prior arrests for driving while intoxicated, officials said.

The suspect is being questioned and tested for alcohol, a law enforcement source tells CBS News.

President Trump has been briefed on the situation, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio were on the scene and were briefed by authorities.

The car, a red Honda, struck the victims at 43rd Street and 7th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, the FDNY said. The driver was seen being hauled into a police car.

The area was packed with New Yorkers and tourists enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures at lunch hour. The car was propped up on security barriers that protect pedestrian plazas in Times Square, which is open to limited vehicle traffic.

"The car just came and hit the pole out of nowhere," a witness told CBS New York. "Everybody was just running, everybody was concerned for their lives."  

Police have closed off the area and buildings are on lock down.