(Source: www.straitstimes.com)

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A speeding car crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City’s busy Times Square on Thursday (May 18), killing one person and injuring 23. Police said the incident did not appear to be an act of terrorism.

A Reuters witness said one person was covered with a bloodstained blanket after the collision, which occurred around noon ET (midnight in Singapore) at the Midtown Manhattan tourist venue.  

Hundreds of thousands of people, many of them visitors from around the world, pass daily through the bustling commercial area, the heart of the Broadway theater district.  

Witnesses said the motorist had driven a red Honda sedan against traffic and onto the sidewalk, striking pedestrians. The car crashed into a pole and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway before police took the driver away.  

NYC Mayor de Blasio said the man in custody is a former member of the United States Navy with a criminal history.

Shoes were scattered at the scene.

Update from Times Square regarding the vehicle collision https://t.co/2YLEVtCgN5

— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 18, 2017

NYC Mayor de Blasio says man in custody for Times Square crash is a former member of the United States Navy with a criminal history. pic.twitter.com/wyVawOI1yS

— ABC News (@ABC) May 18, 2017

“People were being hit and rolling off the car,” said Josh Duboff, an employee at the adjacent Thomson Reuters headquarters who jumped out of the way to avoid being struck.  

Television footage showed police officers restraining a man in a dark T-shirt and placing him in a police car.  News outlets said the suspect was a 26-year-old male from the city’s Bronx borough. Reuters was not immediately able to confirm those reports.  

Cheryl Howard and her daughter were out shopping when the car sped down the sidewalk. “I’m so freaked out!” the daughter said. “They mowed everyone down.”

One male in custody in the #TimesSquare vehicle collision.
It is believed to be an isolated incident, it remains under investigation.

— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 18, 2017

Horrible. Right outside of my office #timessquare pic.twitter.com/DsuuvOKT7g

— Gabby (@GabbywGoodHair) May 18, 2017

Holding steady & waiting for more clarity. #nyc #TimesSquare pic.twitter.com/WSdhFuihDy

— kate sawall sils (@katesawall) May 18, 2017

13 total patients currently reported at scene of motor vehicle accident in Times Square pic.twitter.com/ySwtL6ZLoc

— FDNY (@FDNY) May 18, 2017

Our thoughts & prayers go to all our employees & citizens of NY. We hope the incident in Times Square was an accident. #NY #TimesSquare

— Conor C (@Capital_FinServ) May 18, 2017

A speeding car reportedly jumped the sidewalk in New York’s Times Square, hitting multiple pedestrians. 😢 #TimesSquare #NY #SpeedingCar pic.twitter.com/AMcbBLJfzk

— Karen #RePlayGirl (@miep333) May 18, 2017

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