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Driver Plows Into People In Times square, 1 dead 22 Injured

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Driver Plows Into People In Times square, 1 dead 22 Injured
A vehicle that struck pedestrians and later crashed is seen on the sidewalk in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar

At roughly noon on Thursday, a car ran into a crowded corner of New York City’s Times Square killing one person and leaving 19 injured. After a quick investigation of the incident, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, said there was no reason to label the incident as a terroristic attack.

Police investigate the vehicle that drove onto sidewalk and struck pedestrians in Times Square in New York, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

According to Reuters, the driver was a former U.S. sailor, Richard Rojas, and has already been arrested twice for drunk driving. The victim killed was an 18-year-old female visiting times square just like the thousands of other tourists that day.

An injured woman is seen at a crosswalk in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on the sidewalk in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar.

Thanks to several bystanders, photos of the incident emerged revealing the Maroon Honda Accord flipped on its side with the front all torn up. Emergency operators quickly arrived and treated those injured while the NYPD took the driver into custody. NYPD was assisted by a Planet Hollywood bouncer after Rojas attempted to flee.

A man who police said was the suspected driver of a car which crashed into a crowd on Times Square, is led out of the NYPD Midtown South precinct in New York, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo Campos

The crashed fueled fear of terrorism as everyone was reminded of the recent attacks in London and Nice that used trucks to kill. Thankfully, New York City has already renovated parts of Times Square to add more safety but after this event, it would be assumed that more safety methods will be put in place. The NYPD completely ruled out terrorism and stated the driver was under the influence of drugs.

A vehicle that struck pedestrians and later crashed is seen on the sidewalk in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Credit: Variety | Reuters

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