Times Square crash victim was 18-year-old MI woman

Several injured, 1 dead after speeding vehicle drives into Times Square

The auto came to a rest at 45th Street and Broadway.

At least one person has been killed and 22 others injured after a speeding vehicle hit pedestrians in New York's Times Square. Police shut down 43rd and 44th streets, which intersect Times Square, between 7th and 8th avenues.

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig). A smashed auto sits on the corner of Broadway and 45th Street in New York's Times Square after ploughing through a crowd of pedestrians at lunchtime on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

The Michigan tourist, identified by sources as Alyssa Elsman, was visiting the Big Apple with her family, including her 13-year-old sister, when the speeding auto, driven by Richard Rojas, 26, slammed into them and almost two dozen others as he floored it up to West 45th Street just before noon.

The arrest report said Rojas made threats to kill all police and military police he might see after he was released from jail. Her 13-year-old sister was among the 22 injured, four of them critically.

Rojas is to be arraigned Friday. It wasn't clear if he a lawyer.

Preliminary tests show Rojas, a USA citizen and resident of the Bronx, was under the influence of the mood-altering drug PHP, law enforcement sources told the New York Times and CNN. He was swinging his arms at the same time, said Ken Bradix, a security supervisor at a nearby Planet Hollywood restaurant who tackled Rojas.

Rojas told the officers he beat the cab driver because the driver said he owed him $162 and disrespected him.

The incident was not believed to be an act of terrorism, the NYPD said.

The picture that quickly emerged of Rojas from neighbors and authorities was of a man with problems.

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Just a week before the latest incident, Rojas was arrested and charged with pointing a knife at a notary.

"Preliminary investigation reveals that Rojas has two arrests ... for DWI", O'Neill said. He was being transported to a facility to be tested for drugs and alcohol.

Rojas, a former Navy electrician mate fireman's apprentice, has been charged with one count of murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and five of aggravated vehicular homicide.

He served at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport from August 2012 to May 2014. Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval brig in Charleston, South Carolina. They do not indicate why. Details were not immediately available. "I don't think there was actually time for screaming".

Relatives, friends and community members in Portage, Michigan, mourned the loss of Elsman, the 18-year-old killed in the crash.

"We're all kind of a mess", Eric Alburtus, principal of Portage Central High School, from which Elsman graduated previous year, told the Detroit Free Press.

"Alyssa was the type of person who seemed very shy and reserved when you first met her, but once you started talking to her you realized she was smart, amusing and engaging", principal Eric Alburtus said in a statement. "When you first got to know her, you would perceive that she was shy or quiet. The more you got to know her, the more you would realize she was amusing, and thoughtful, and compassionate to other people".

"I saw a vehicle go on to the sidewalk and hit a lot of people", said Dosokey.

Times Square also has a heavy police presence at all hours of the day and night.

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