1 dead, 22 injured as car rams into pedestrians in Times Square

18-year old woman killed, 22 injured as car rams into crowd of pedestrians on sidewalk in Manhattan's iconic Times Square.

David Rosenberg , | updated: 22:57

Scene of car ramming in NYC
Scene of car ramming in NYC

One person is dead and at least 22 people were injured Thursday when a car swerved off the road and onto the sidewalk at one of New York City’s most popular tourist hotspots.

The New York Police Department shut down traffic in the city’s iconic Times Square after a passenger car rammed into a crowd of pedestrians walking on the sidewalk, killing one and injuring at least 22.

Of the 22, 4 are in critical condition, local authorities said.

The one victim fatally injured in the incident has been identified as an 18-year old woman. Her 13-year old sister was also injured.

Buildings in the area were reportedly placed on lock-down following the incident.

According to a report by Fox News, police have taken one person into custody. The suspect is Richard Rojas, a 26-year old former US Navy serviceman and resident of the Bronx who has been arrested in the past on multiple occasions for driving while intoxicated.

Authorities say the preliminary investigation into the incident suggests the deadly crash may have been an accident, NBC News reports.

The NYPD has apparently ruled out terrorism, CBS reports, citing police officials.