A 26-year-old man is in New York City police custody after he drove on the sidewalk with his vehicle in Time Square and mowed down 23 people.
One person was killed and 22 were taken to area medical facilities to be treated for their injuries after Richard Rajos of the Bronx slammed his car into pedestrians walking on the crowded sidewalk of Times Square on Thursday.
Authorities are undergoing a complete investigation of the matter, but revealed that it wasn’t related to terrorism. Rajos was tested for being under the influence of alcohol and drugs at a medical facility, and it was determined he was high on synthetic marijuana (K2) at the time of incident, ABC 7 New York reported.
The one deceased victim has since been identified by authorities as 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman of Michigan. Her sister Ava was also injured from the crash.
The condition of the other victims is currently unknown.
Rajos’ 2009 Honda Accord came speeding down a busy corridor of Times Square, coming to a halt at the northwest corner of 45th Street and Broadway. It hit a median structure and stood tilted upward with its hood crumpled and its trunk open. Police rushed in to take Rajos into custody, who tried to flee from the scene.
Authorities said at a press briefing that Rajos was a former member the United States Navy and had a criminal background, including two prior drunken-driving arrests in 2008 and 2015.
Witnesses in the area told CNN they saw the car speeding “out of control” before it drove on the busy sidewalk.
Here are the photos of the victims in the gruesome car crash:
Note: Some of the photos below are contain graphic content.
The 18-Year-Old Deceased Tourist Alyssa Elsman
A Woman Laid Motionless On the Ground After Being Struck by the Car
First Responders Raced to Treat The Injured
A Man Laid on the Ground Motionless After the Crash
Other Pedestrians Rushed to Help the Injured
The Suspect Tried to Run Away From the Scene With a Victim Being Tended to In the Background
A Large Crowd Gathered Neaby the Crash Scene