[Correction: The vehicle is a late model Honda Accord]
A speeding car struck at least 13 pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City’s Times Square.
FDNY is now reporting 23 injuries.
The vehicle crashed in a Northerly direction at West 43rd and 7th Avenue, meaning it was traveling in the opposite flow of traffic. FDNY responded and extinguished a fire that resulted.
FDNY is reporting one fatality, an 18-year-old woman, and 23 injured.
A witness told Reuters said at least 10 were being treated for injuries on the ground after the collision at the Midtown Manhattan tourist site.
The New York Police Department has closed off the area.
The vehicle came to rest on a metal pole specifically designed to protect pedestrians from just such an incident.
Two people are in custody.
The driver, Richard Rojas, 26-year-old Bronx male with two prior DUI convictions, is undergoing processing now.
The second man is a bicycle messenger who refused to follow police instructions.
The NYPD reported shortly before the incident that they were in pursuit of an intoxicated man who had committed a bank robbery. It is unclear if this is related.
Update: NYPD now confirms that Rojas, the driver, was being pursued.
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