1 dead, 22 hurt after car hits pedestrians in Times Square

NEW YORK (WTNH) — One person has died, and 22 people have been hurt after a motorist struck pedestrians in the densely populated Times Square section of New York City early Thursday afternoon.

Just after 12:10 p.m., News 8’s sister station WABC-TV tweeted out that a car had crashed at the intersection of West 44th Street and 7th Avenue, striking multiple pedestrians. One person was pronounced dead at the scene.

The conditions of the injured people are unknown. The car crashed into a utility pole, and appeared to catch fire.

2017 05 18 times square 1 dead, 22 hurt after car hits pedestrians in Times Square
First responders at the corner of West 44th Street and 7th Avenue after a car struck multiple people. (Photo: WABC-TV)

Police have closed Broadway from West 42nd Street to West 49th Street.

At 12:40 p.m., law enforcement officials told ABC News that the driver is in custody. The driver, 26-year-old Richard Rojas, of the Bronx, attempted to flee from the scene. Rojas also has two prior DWIs, according to police. Witnesses said a car appeared to go the wrong way up Broadway and plowed into a group of people.

NYPD released a brief statement just before 1:00 p.m.

It is believed to be an isolated incident, it remains under investigation.”

Just after 1:30 p.m., New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio confirmed at least 22 people have been hurt, in addition to the one death.

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First responders helping injured people after a car struck multiple people in Times Square Thursday (Twitter / ABC)

Sources tell News 8’s sister station WABC-TV that Rojas made a wrong turn north onto 7th Avenue, and then proceeded to drive the wrong way for three blocks. He struck multiple pedestrians before ultimately crashing at West 45th Street.

This story is still developing. News 8 will post additional information to this story as soon as new details become available.

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