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Vehicle slams into pedestrians in Times Square, killing 18-year-old woman

Vehicle slams into pedestrians in Times Square, killing 18-year-old woman

An 18-year-old woman was killed and at least 23 people injured Thursday when a speeding auto plowed into pedestrians in Manhattan's bustling Times Square, city officials said. Police Commissioner James O'Neill says the crash doesn't appear to be related to terrorism.

At least one person is dead and 13 injured after a vehicle mowed down pedestrians on Times Square in NY at around 5pm today.

The incident is being investigated as an accident, a NY police official said.

Helpless pedestrians had little time to react as the auto barreled down the sidewalk and through intersections before smashing into a row of steel security barriers installed in recent years to prevent vehicle attacks on the square where massive crowds gather every New Year's Eve.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that President Donald Trump had been made aware of the situation.

Planet Hollywood said Bradix "selflessly and heroically took action, helping to stop the fleeing suspect". He turned around and saw the vehicle hitting people on the sidewalk.

Niamh Mullan, who is from Belfast, was working on the 22nd floor of a building in Times Square when she heard the commotion below.

Witnesses said police were telling people to shelter-in-place while emergency crews swarmed the scene and investigators tried to determine what had happened.

Rojas was tested for drugs and alcohol after he was taken into custody.

The driver, 26-year-old Richard Rojas from the Bronx, served in the U.S. Navy and has a criminal record, the mayor said, adding that cause of the incident is under investigation. He said he saw about five people who looked gravely injured - "people, really bad, in front of us".

Police do not suspect a link to terrorism, but the bomb squad has responded as a precaution to check the vehicle.

Rojas had been arrested in 2008 in Queens and 2015 in Manhattan for drunk driving, officials said at the press conference. People rushed to help the injured, who were lying on the sidewalk.

Police and fire officials closed off an area of several blocks.

The dead woman's 13-year-old sister is among the wounded, the NYPD said.

The auto crashed into a pole at 45th Street and Broadway.

A vehicle rests on a steel sidewalk barrier after plowing into a crowd at New York City's Times Square on May 18, 2017.

First responders tend to an injured pedestrian after a vehicle struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in NY on Thursday. Many sidewalks are lined with barricades and planters for fear of vehicle attacks on pedestrians.

There was heavily Police presence in the area.