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Times Square vehicle incident: 1 dead, 13 injured

July 26 2017, 10:38 | Perry Erickson

Rojas was arrested for drunk driving in 2008 and 2015, and detained earlier this month on charges of menacing behavior, police said.

Rojas initially tested negative for alcohol, but more detailed drug tests were pending, according to two law enforcement officials who were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

At 11:55 a.m., Rohas mounted the sidewalk on the west side of Seventh Avenue at West 42nd Street and drove north - against traffic on the one-way thoroughfare - for three blocks, O'Neill said.

"The driver tried to run from the scene, and the bouncer from Planet Hollywood hit him, so we jumped on top of him and ripped his shirt, wanted to make sure he had no gun or knife on him", a tour bus agent recalled to the New York CBS Local News.

During this time, he had told police he was being harassed and followed.

He pleaded guilty at arraignment to second-degree harassment, a violation, and was given a conditional discharge, said Bronx district attorney spokeswoman Melanie Dostis.

"What we know right now continues to confirm it was not an act of terror", Mayor Bill de Blasio told WNYC public radio on Friday.

The Fire Department of NY tweeted that one person was confirmed dead and 12 were injured in a motor vehicle accident at 45th Street and Broadway near Times Square.

Elsman reportedly went to the jail were Rojas was being held after his arrest and threatened to kill him.

The driver suspected of plowing into a crowd in New York's Times Square midday Thursday, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 others, is facing charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated vehicular homicide.

"Alyssa was a really thoughtful, really bright, very pleasant young lady that every interaction I had with her was positive", Portage Central High School Principal Eric Alburtus said.

He expressed sympathy for those injured and especially for the woman who was killed and her family.

"I can't comment on the exact chemical substance", he said. "We start running, we don't know if another one is going to come, we don't know what's happening, everyone is panicking".

Ava was told that her sister died in the tragedy, their father said.

"People are being dragged, they're on top of the auto". The New York City Police Department reported that although Rojas served in the US Navy, he has a criminal record. "We saw flames coming off of the auto".

Asked to describe his daughter, he teared up before uttering one word, 'Angel'.

"People just got stunned", said Bruno Carvalho, a student at SUNY Albany.



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