Footage of police arresting a driver after he plowed his car into a crowd of people at Times Square, killing one person and injuring 22 on May 18, is making the rounds (video below).
Reports now reveal the driver, 26-year-old Richard Rojas, was arrested twice previously for DWIs in 2005 and 2008, the New York Post reports.
While police have since tested Rojas for alcohol, they have yet to confirm if he was under the influence this time.
Sources say the suspect also punched a police officer while they arrested him.
Many initially feared the accident was an act of terror, with Sean Spicer tweeting, “@POTUS has been made aware of the situation in Times Square and will continue to receive updates.”
Yet reports since then confirm it was not.
Regardless, the incident left many witnesses shaken, with many turning to social media to express their shock and confusion.
“Just witnessed a car running people over in times square. scariest moment of my life. what is wrong with some people?!,” wrote one Twitter user.
“What’s happening in Times Square??,” added another. “This car was in the sidewalk and people are on the streets.”
In addition to his DWIs, Rojas was arrested on May 11 for threatening somebody with a knife. He pleaded guilty to harassment.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has since issued a statement about the accident.
“Today’s events at Times Square were nothing short of horrific,” Cuomo said at a briefing to the media, CNBC reports. “I was briefed at the scene by Commissioner O’Neill and saw firsthand the professionalism and diligence of New York’s first responders. As facts continue to emerge, my heart goes out to the victims of this terrible tragedy, as well as their families.”
Sources: New York Post (2), Michael Rickerby/Twitter, Sean Spicer/Twitter, CNBC, GB/Twitter/Photo Credit: GB/Twitter