The red Honda auto crashed into a pole and came to rest at W45th Street and Broadway.
Richard Rojas, 26, from the Bronx, was arrested at the scene and later charged with murder in the second degree, 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, police said.
Richard Rojas, 26, is accused of steering his vehicle onto the pavement in the heart of Times Square , driving for three blocks and hitting 23 pedestrians along the way.
Alyssa Elsman, the 18-year-old woman who died at the scene, was a tourist from MI, according to the NYPD.
It's unclear if Rojas has a lawyer for his arraignment Friday.
He has previously been discharged from the U.S. Navy following disciplinary problems.
The killer, who's been arrested twice for DWI, wasn't drunk when he went on the rampage in the heart of the Big Apple, a high-ranking police official said.
An 18-year-old woman was killed and at least 22 people injured when an out of control auto plowed into pedestrians in Manhattan's iconic Times Square, city officials said.
O'Neill identified the suspect as 26-year-old Richard Rojas, describing him as a USA citizen and former service member with multiple previous DWI arrests. Police say he drove the wrong way on 7th Ave for a few blocks before swerving onto the sidewalk at 42nd street and accelerating through the crowd for 3 blocks. Four were in critical condition. -Rojas, who is a notary, was arrested earlier this month for threatening someone who came to his home to get a pension notarized. He also said "It is a tough day for New York City but as usual the people of New York City will stand firm and will be resilient" before terming the accident as "horrific".
Pictures on CBS News network showed a man the station said was the suspect being bundled into a police vehicle by several officers.
Elsman graduated previous year from Portage Central High School.
NY mayor Bill de Blasio said the suspect is a former US Navy serviceman and a US citizen and there is no indication it is connected to terrorism.
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