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Car Hits Pedestrians In Times Square, Killing One And Injuring 22

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters that the incident was not related to terrorism

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May 18, 2017 at 1:56 PM ET

One person was killed and at least 22 people were injured when a car struck pedestrians in Times Square on Thursday, according to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The driver of the maroon Honda was Richard Rojas, a 26-year-old resident of The Bronx, New York. Rojas, who is in custody, was believed to be under the influence and had previously been arrested at least twice for drunken driving. Police say Rojas was driving the wrong direction when he rode up the 7th Avenue sidewalk from 42nd Street to 45th Street.

De Blasio told reporters that the incident was not related to terrorism.

Multiple people were tended to on the corner of 7th Avenue and 42nd Street on the south side of Times Square. The New York Police Department and other authorities quickly locked down Times Square and the surrounding area.

An 18-year-old tourist, Alyssa Elsman, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 13-year-old sister was rushed to the hospital.

De Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo were seen being briefed at the site of the incident.

According to the New York Times, pedestrians were jumping out of the way to avoid the car.

“It was going at a fast rate of speed and to me it looked it was trying to hit as many people as possible,” Annie Donahey, 24, told the Times.