At noon on Thursday 18 May, a car collision in Times Square in New York City left one person dead and twelve others injured. Scenes of the crushed and badly-damaged debris shocked Americans and others abroad, who suspected a terrorist attack in the same vein as that which was perpetrated in Westminster, London.
Yet now it seems we can all safely breathe a sigh of relief. A law enforcement official for the NYPD has since stated that the suspect responsible for the incident was not a terrorist. It now appears as though the driver was intoxicated, speeding at the wheel of his car while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.
The 26-year-old driver pulled from the wreckage, who has not yet been named, allegedly has a number of prior convictions of DWI arrests.
The car which caused the fatal accident was seen resting on its side on the pavement, on the northwest corner of 45th Street and Broadway in front of a Swatch shop. The car’s front hood was crumpled and its trunk was hanging open. Detectives and police investigators cordoned off the crime scene, while emergency services rushed to the aid of those affected by the crash.
Witnesses at the scene who narrowly avoided serious injury described scenes of panic and confusion on the bustling tourist hotspot. One witness told Fox News: “The car was driving the wrong direction up Broadway before mounting the sidewalk. It seemed the driver was intent on causing maximum damage.”
In the wake of the carnage, the NYPD tweeted “One male in custody in the #TimesSquare vehicle collision. It is believed to be an isolated incident, it remains under investigation.”
More on this story as it develops.
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