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One Dead, 22 Injured After Car Crashes into Crowd of Pedestrians in Times Square


One person is dead and 22 others are injured following a crash in which a suspected drunk driver plowed into a group of pedestrians crowded on the sidewalks of Times Square.

Driver Had History of Drunk Driving

According to the New York Times, the crash occurred when Richard Rojas, 26, made a quick U-turn on Seventh Avenue and mounted the curb on the west side of the one-way avenue, traveling against traffic at a high rate of speed.

An 18-year-old woman who was walking with her 13-year-old sister was fatally struck between 42nd and 43rd street. At least four others were critically injured.

The car finally came to rest atop a set of stanchions at the corner of 45th and Broadway, and the Rojas attempted to flee the scene; however, he was tackled by a traffic agent and detained.

Records indicate that Rojas, a Bronx resident and Navy veteran, has two prior drunk driving arrests: one in Queens in 2008 and another in Manhattan in 2015. He was also recently arrested for menacing.

Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • 9,967 people were killed in drunk driving accident in the U.S. in 2014, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths.
  • Nearly 20 percent of traffic-deaths involving children under the age of 14 were the result of alcohol-impaired drivers.
  • More than 1.1 million drivers were arrested in 2014 for driving under the influence.

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