1 dead, multiple pedestrians struck by car in Times Square

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NEW YORK–  An 18-year-old woman was killed and at least 23 people injured Thursday when a speeding car plowed into pedestrians in Manhattan’s bustling Times Square.  The NYPD says, “there is no indication at this point that the incident in Times Square is related to terrorism.”

The driver of the 2009 Honda Accord is in custody, New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill said. The motorist, 26-year-old Richard Rojas of the Bronx, has been arrested twice in the past for drunken driving, he said.  It happened at Broadway and West 45th Street around noon.

Before striking pedestrians, the car was “out of control,” an emergency management official said. Witnesses on social media described a speeding car plowing into people before crashing.

FDNY said 13 people were being treated on the scene.  Times Square averaged about 360,000 daily visitors in April, according to a tally by the Times Square Alliance, making it one of the most visited locations in the world.