Update on Time Square Vehicle Incident

Road closures regarding Times Square vehicle collision investigation:

  • 42 Street to 49 Street from 6th Avenue to 8th Avenue
  • No crosstown traffic in this area
  • No southbound traffic from 7th Avenue and Broadway from 48 Street
  • S/B FDR 42 Street exit closed
  • N/B FDR 23 Street exit closed

 

Remarks as prepared for delivery by Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill

Collision Investigation within the confines of Midtown South Precinct

At approximately 1155 AM, a 2009 Honda Accord passenger vehicle mounted the sidewalk on the west side of 7th Avenue at West 42nd Street in Times Square. The vehicle, occupied by a male driver, proceeded to drive at a high rate of speed along the sidewalk from 42nd Street to 45th Street, striking a number of pedestrians along the way. The Honda eventually came to a stop on the northwest corner of West 45th Street, where it collided with a metal stanchion. Along the route, the subject’s vehicle struck twenty-three (23) pedestrians causing multiple injuries and one fatality. Twenty-two (22) victims were removed to local hospitals. The driver, a 26-year-old male identified as Richard Rojas, a resident of the Bronx, was taken into custody at the scene. A preliminary investigation reveals that Rojas has two arrests for DWI-related incidents. Detectives are currently reviewing any other criminal history for the subject. Further investigation is ongoing. At this point, there is no indication that this incident was terrorism-related.

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