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20 May 2017, 02:41 | Nichole Osborne
1 Dead, At Least 13 Injured In Times Square Car Crash (Photos)
A wrong-way driver plowed into pedestrians in the heart of Manhattan's bustling Times Square district minutes before noon on Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring almost two dozen others, city officials said.
According to police reports, Rojas drove a Honda at a high rate of speed from West 42nd Street to West 45th Street, where he crashed into a metal stanchion, causing the vehicle to catch fire.
Rojas initially tested negative for alcohol, but more detailed drug tests are pending, according to officials.
"He murdered in cold blood", assistant district attorney Harrison Schweiloch said.
An 18-year-old woman who was visiting New York with her mother and sister from Kalamazoo, Michigan was killed, and four other people were critically injured, according to the New York Times.
In total 19 people were hospitalized, one was treated at the scene, seven were admitted, three were in critical condition, and a 38 -year-old woman from Canada was in very critical condition.
Rojas was due to appear in Manhattan's criminal court on Friday to be arraigned on one count of second-degree murder, five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and 20 counts of attempted murder. He has not yet entered a plea. His family and friends who attended the hearing cried outside court and didn't speak to reporters.
Rojas drove his Honda Accord, smashing into pedestrians after mounting the sidewalk for three blocks at high speed, before colliding with a metal pole and came to a stop, police said.
Deputy Chief William Aubry, who commands Manhattan detectives, said at a news conference on Friday that he could not comment on the department's role in the design process.
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