"Terrific sense of humor": Victim who died in NYC's Times Square remembered

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"There was something wrong with him".

"Based on the information we have at this moment, there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism", de Blasio said at a press conference at W. 42nd St. and Broadway.

In the Bronx, neighbourhood acquaintances said Mr Rojas was a friendly man who had been having problems.

Friend Harrison Ramos said Mr Rojas wasn't the same when he came back from active duty in 2014.

"He's been going through a real tough time", he said.

"He should've gotten professional help", he said.

Rojas enlisted in the Navy in 2011 and was an electrician's mate fireman apprentice, according to the Navy. In 2012 he served aboard the USS Carney, a destroyer.

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Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval brig in Charleston, South Carolina, but didn't indicate the reason.

Police say Elsman's 13-year-old sister was among the people who were struck but survived. Details were not immediately available.

The crash happened at midday on a hot, clear day that brought large crowds of people into the streets to enjoy the good weather. Police said he pointed a kitchen knife at a notary who'd come over to do paperwork, and he accused the notary of stealing his identity. One young woman was killed and 22 people injured after a vehicle plowed into pedestrians in Times Square on Thursday, officials said.

"I don't think there was actually time for screaming".

The sedan came to rest at Broadway and West 45th Street, stopped from furthering the driver's rampage by steel bollards installed late a year ago.

The White House said President Donald Trump was "made aware" of the situation in Times Square and will continue to receive updates as the situation unfolds. The auto leaned on a lamppost and steel barriers meant to block vehicles from getting onto the sidewalk.

The incident sparked pandemonium in one of the city's busiest tourist and leisure centers, as bloodied victims were hauled away on stretchers and the vehicle that caused the injuries lay upended and steaming on a sidewalk.

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"I was just doing something that I hope people would do, because I was trying to do the right thing", he said.

Planet Hollywood says Bradix "selflessly and heroically took action, helping to stop the fleeing suspect".

The crash happened about 9 a.m. Arizona time. About 20 other people were injured. But he was grabbed quickly by bystanders, including a parole officer, who detained him until police arrived.

A auto rests on a security barrier in New York's Times Square after driving through a crowd of pedestrians, injuring at least a dozen people, Thursday, May 18, 2017.

That network of barricades, though, is far from a complete defence.

"I ran toward him and tackled him down", Bradix said, adding that he was assisted by an off-duty police officer and two passers-by.

Richard Rojas, a 26-year-old from the Bronx stopped twice in the past for drunk driving, drove his Honda onto the sidewalk at 11:55 am (1555 GMT), smashing into pedestrians for three blocks at high speed, police said.

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Rohas, who did not appear to be injured, got out of the vehicle and ran.

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