Teenage victim of Times Square crash named

Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old tourist from Portage, Michigan, was killed and her 13-year-old sister is among the 22 people injured.

Four people are in a critical condition, three are serious and the others also needed treatment for their injuries.

Alyssa Elsman was killed by a car in Times Square. Pic: Instagram
Image:Alyssa Elsman was visiting New York from Michigan when she was killed

The suspect, Richard Rojas, 26, is said to have performed a u-turn and driven at speed against the flow of traffic toward one of the world’s most popular tourist spots.

The car finally hit a metal post, becoming wedged partly on its side, and the suspect jumped out of the vehicle.

As he attempted to flee, police and several members of the public brought him down.

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A picture of the suspect on the TMZ website appears to show him in a rage in the moments after the car is stopped.

Another on the site shows him with a ripped t-shirt after being subdued and surrounded by police officers.

City authorities said they had no reason to suspect terrorism.

They said Rojas, a former US Navy veteran, has a record of drink-driving and is currently being tested for alcohol and drugs.

Injured person treated at scene
Image:There were 22 people injured in the incident, which police say is not terror-related

New York Police Department assistant chief William Aubry said the incident started at 11.54am local time, when Rojas’s Honda Accord was seen travelling southbound on 7th Avenue in the direction of 42nd Street.

Mr Aubry said: “He makes a u-turn on to the westside sidewalk between 7th Avenue and 42nd Street, proceeds on the westside sidewalk for three and a half blocks where he hits a stanchion.

“Between 42nd and 43rd, an 18-year-old female was struck and is now dead.

“Her 13-year-old sister was also struck and she is being treated in hospital.

Police inspect the car
Image:Police have said suspect Richard Rojas may have mental health problems

“Upwards of over 20 other people were injured between 42nd and 45th Street on that sidewalk.

“When he hits the stanchion, there is a traffic agent that ends up tackling him.”

He said Rojas had been held in 2008 in Queens and in 2015 in Manhattan for drink-driving and in May for “menacing”.

  1. Emergency services at the scene in New York
    Several pedestrians have been injured by a speeding car in New York City’s Times Square. Emergency services at the scene in New York
  2. Injured man treated at the scene
    Injured man treated at the scene
  3. Police inspect the car
    Police inspect the car
  4. Car crash
    The car came to a stop outside the Swatch shop, at the corner of Broadway and W 45th St
  5. Car crash
    The vehicle ended up on its side in one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions. Pic: @gb__
  6. Arrest made in New York at scene of car crash
    One man has been arrested at the scene of the car crash
  7. A person is treated at the scene in New York
    A person being treated at the scene
  8. Injured person treated at scene
    Injured person treated at scene
  9. Injured person helped by passers-by
    An injured person helped by passers-by
  10. A person is treated at the scene of the incident
    Another injured person being treated
  11. The New York City Fire Department posted this picture of the accident. Pic: @FDNY
    The New York City Fire Department posted this picture of the incident. Pic: @FDNY
  12. The New York City Fire Department posted this picture of the incident. Pic: @FDNY
    New York City Fire Department officers respond to the incident. Pic: @FDNY
  13. Officials are now examining the crashed car
    Officials inspecting the crashed car
  14. A stretch of Times Square has now been cordoned off. Pic: John Arabadjis
    A stretch of Times Square has now been cordoned off. Pic: John Arabadjis
  15. Car crash
    The incident occurred around midday in New York

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