News of the driver crashing into pedestrians in New York’s Time Square swept the nation. The driver who, according to CNN, killed one and injured 20 others, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, as well as attempted murder in the second degree, and 20 counts of attempted murder. The driver, who said he smoked marijuana laced with PCP prior to the crash, purposely drove his car through the popular and crowded tourist destination. A traffic agent stated that the driver said, “I wanted to kill them all,” after being seen fleeing the vehicle.
The deceased was an 18-year-old woman visiting the city from her home in Portland, Michigan.
The driver allegedly hit pedestrians on the sidewalk after hopping the curb. Surveillance footage shows the car continuing its course as bodies slam into the hood of his Honda Accord and fall onto the sidewalk. According to KTLA, his deadly ride lasted for three blocks until the car crashed into several traffic divider poles, lifting two of the wheels and rendering the car inoperable. Witnesses heard screams and the screeching of tires as chaos ensued, with pedestrians running into nearby buildings to get out of the way.
Times Square is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, with the month of April seeing 360,000 daily visitors. In an effort to keep pedestrians safe from vehicles, there are over 200 steel traffic bollards. These are meant to secure the area are designed to prevent intrusion from vehicles traveling at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.