After Times Square attack, calls for more sidewalk barriers


Elsman’s 13-year-old sister, who was among those injured, was being treated at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center for a collapsed lung and a broken pelvis, Aubry said.

The project, completed in 2016 after six years of planning and construction, included a limited number of barricades created to protect pedestrians.

At 11:55 a.m., Rohas mounted the sidewalk on the west side of Seventh Avenue at West 42nd Street and drove north – against traffic on the one-way thoroughfare – for three blocks, O’Neill said.

“We’re now hearing from family members [that Rojas] has had demonstrated mental health issues going back to childhood that. went unaddressed even during the time he was in the USA military”, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told WNYC Radio Friday.

Rojas, the driver in the Times Square incident, made his first court appearance Friday.

Mr Burney helped oversee the project for the city and select Norwegian architectural firm Snohetta to design it.

“I smoked”, Rojas allegedly told an officer after.

“There are many more people who would have been killed if it had not been for the security measures on 45th Street”, he said. Those concerns ratcheted higher past year when militants intentionally drove trucks into holiday crowds in Germany and France, killing scores of people.

Experts say the bollards in Times Square likely saved lives.

The order was given to Richard Rojas, 26, at the Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday by Judge Tamiko Amaker, Xinhua news agency reported.

But planners never considered putting bollards along all of the sidewalks, Burney and another person involved with planning said.

An 18-year-old tourist was killed and 22 other pedestrians were injured in NY when a motorist drove three blocks on the sidewalks at Times Square shortly before noon Thursday.

“It was more of a surreal thing”, she said.

The bollard that stopped the auto driven by Richard Rojas likely saved lives by preventing it from entering an even more densely packed pedestrian plaza, and some New Yorkers are wondering whether the barriers should be deployed on many more sidewalks, much as they are now at sports stadiums and airports nationwide.

“There’s always a balance between security and trying to facilitate commerce”, he said. “It’s certainly worth looking light of this”, said Tim Tompkins, president of Times Square Alliance, a business development partnership for the area.

The speeding auto jumped the sidewalk on the west side of 7th Avenue at 42nd Street and struck several pedestrians before crashing at the northwest corner of 45th Street, police said.

The city bars the placement of bollards in front of individual buildings unless the NYPD deems them to be a potential target, he said.

“License plates are falling off as he’s striking these pedestrians”, Manhattan South Detectives Chief Bill Aubrey described the chaotic crash.

Press conference featuring officials and Mayor De Blasio.

The auto was lodged on a steel bollard – of which there are more than 200 on Times Square sidewalks to stop vehicles from coming through.

Mr Dykers, of Snohetta, said in an emailed statement that the design firm may also take a second look, with an eye to “further minimise the impact of any future situations without interfering with the open, vibrant and unique character of Times Square”.

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