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1 killed, 22 injured when car plows into crowd in Times Square

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NEW YORK CITY (KUSI) — A possibly intoxicated man drove his car the wrong way on a New York City street before plowing into pedestrians in Times Square, killing a teenager and injuring 22 other people Thursday. 

A maroon car made a U-turn on 42nd Street — one of New York City's busiest streets —Thursday afternoon before driving on a sidewalk for three blocks mowing down pedestrians, witnesses told the Associated Press. The car came to a rest nearly on its side — with its right wheels in the air — leaning against a light pole. The driver, 26-year-old Richard Rojas, climbed out of his vehicle and tried to take off before a several people tackled him to the ground.  

The crash killed an 18-year-old-woman and one of the injured was a 13-years-old girl.

Rojas was taken into custody and was being tested for alcohol and drugs, according to New York police. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and had been arrested at least twice before for driving under the influence, Police Commissioner James O'Neill said.

Although NYPD does not believe the incident was related to terrorism, police presence has been increased at major city landmarks out an abundance of caution, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.  

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