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Navy veteran in custody after Times Square crash

Navy veteran in custody after Times Square crash

Twenty-two people were hurt with broken bones and other traumatic injuries, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at a press conference from the scene.

City authorities were nevertheless deploying extra police from anti-terror units to key locations around the USA financial and cultural capital, home to 8.5 million, out of "an abundance of caution", the mayor said. He said he saw them trying to help the 18-year-old woman who was killed, seeing looks of anguish on police officers there with her.

Police say Elsman's 13-year-old sister was among the people who were struck but survived.

Officials didn't immediately elaborate about where the other victims were from and if anyone was from another country.

Police said Rojas made a quick U-turn onto 42nd Street and then drove up the sidewalk for three blocks, passing tourist draws like the Hard Rock Cafe and the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant and mowing people down before slamming into a pole.

Majid was working at 45th Street and Seventh Avenue when Rojas hit the stanchion, CWA Local 1182 President Syed Rahim told DNAinfo New York. "No one even saw it coming."All of a sudden I heard this boom and a auto is barreling down Seventh Avenue hitting people, just, 'Boom!"

"Today he's a hero", Rahim said. The man has a history of driving while intoxicated, according to the law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

An initial test did not show any signs he was drunk and investigators were waiting on results from a toxicology test, sources said.

In one of his two previous DWI arrests, Rojas was driving faster than 99 miles per hour in a 50 miles per hour zone, sources familiar with his record say.

He pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of alcohol after the 2008 arrest and had his license suspended for 90 days, according to the Queens District Attorney's office.

"Do you feel safe?" After de Blasio and police Commissioner James O'Neill left the scene Thursday afternoon, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter-terrorism John Miller was still nosing around.

There is no indication the incident, which unfolded just before noon, was an act of terrorism, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials said.

Planet Hollywood says Bradix "selflessly and heroically took action, helping to stop the fleeing suspect".

Pandemonium erupted when the vehicle barreled through the prime tourist location and came to rest with two of its wheels in the air.

According to witnesses, Rojast mounted the sidewalk in a burgundy Honda sedan and sped along for more than three city blocks, knocking people over before his vehicle hit a pole and came to rest on a street in Midtown Manhattan, Reuters reports. All of a sudden the vehicle caught on fire.

Evan Stemmer, 25, who was visiting NY from Detroit, said he was returning to his hotel with a friend when they heard the sirens and saw the arrest.

Victims had no time to react and scramble for safety in crowded Times Square, said Alpha Balde, a sightseeing-ticket seller.

"Now terrorists are looking at this and saying, 'Imagine what we could do with an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer with full intent or even with explosives inside the truck, '" he said.