A man steered his auto onto a sidewalk running through the heart of Times Square and mowed down pedestrians for three blocks Thursday, killing a teenager, then emerged from his wrecked vehicle wild-eyed and waving his arms before he was subdued by police and bystanders.
Thursday's mayhem began at noon on a hot, clear day that brought large crowds of people into the streets to enjoy the good weather.
"We were just touring, seeing how lovely Times Square was", Prasad said.
The vehicle hit a barricade and stopped.
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Lowe says the driver then got out of his auto and started running until people tackled him.
After the auto struck a barricade and stopped, the driver climbed out of his vehicle, Lowe said.
"They didn't believe in me at one time in my lifetime", he added. It was unclear when Rojas, who was in custody, would get a lawyer or face formal charges in court.
Tourists Patrick and Kelly Graves of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, were waiting to get on a tour bus when they heard the crash.
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People rushed to help the injured, who were lying on the sidewalk.
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.
The sidewalks in many parts of Times Square and surrounding blocks are lined with metal posts created to prevent cars from getting onto the sidewalks and other public areas. There are many areas where vehicles could be driven onto packed sidewalks or public plazas.
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