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Times Square crash suspect posted 'crazy stuff'

19 May 2017

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- Uncle Chang (@UncleChangNYC) May 18, 2017Police take 26-year-old Richard Rojas into custody following the deadly Times Square crash.

After being read his Miranda rights, Rojas said he was going to beat up the driver because he owed him $162 and disrespected him, the report said. Rojas had been arrested at least twice previously for driving while intoxicated, once in 2008 and once in 2015, police said.

"It is believed to be an isolated incident; it remains under investigation", the New York Police Department said.

On Tuesday night, Rojas appeared to be in "good spirits" as he partied with friends and celebrated getting his vehicle back, a friend said. Charges against the driver are pending.

One person was killed and 22 others were hurt. The auto appeared to catch fire, as smoke was seen coming up from it. Witnesses said the driver appeared to intentionally drive into a group of people, but police are still investigating the motive.

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The New York Post, citing police sources, reported that the driver drove the wrong way up Seventh Avenue for up to three blocks, before crashing into a pole at 45th Street and Broadway. Charges are pending. VIDEO FROM THE SCENE MOMENTS AFTER THE CRASH: Police said Rojas drove at a high rate of speed from West 42nd Street to West 45th Street.

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"There were a lot of people out, enjoying the good day, and then I heard screaming and the auto running over bodies", she said.

"I didn't know what was going on", Donahey added. "Just instinct that got me to duck inside that door and get out of the way". "I was scared for my life".

Hines, who works a couple of blocks away from the crash scene, said he saw four people being taken from the area by ambulance. "And it hit a couple of other people". She heard screaming. Fearing the auto would hit her, she ran to a nearby building's revolving door. Rojas was seen being hauled into a police vehicle.

Lowe saw injured people, including a woman who "had tracks all over her body".

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Lying in the heart of downtown Manhattan, the popular tourist spot is said to have been packed at the time of the incident.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio went to the scene, where the mayor, police, and fire officials briefed reporters.

The White House says that President Donald Trump has been "made aware" that a auto plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square and that he will continue to receive updates as the situation unfolds.

They have said the collision was more likely an accident after the vehicle "lost control".

"The vehicle was driving at 80 or 85 m/h against traffic, and it came here, I said 'stop! stop! stop!'but it didn't", Abdul Hamid, owner of a food cart at the corner of Broadway and W45W street, told Xinhua.

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First responders are assisting injured pedestrians after a vehicle struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in New York, May 18, 2017.

Times Square crash suspect posted 'crazy stuff'