Dangerous Driver In Times Square Kills 1, Injures 22
In recent months, terrorist attacks around Europe have involved large trucks barreling through crowded streets, indiscriminately striking as many people as possible. So when the news broke yesterday that a vehicle plowed across a sidewalk in New York City’s pedestrian-heavy Times Square, the first reaction was to assume that it was one of these terrorist attacks on American soil. However, we soon learned that it wasn’t terrorism, but something far more common in the United States: a dangerous driver.
Times Square Accident
The driver, a former member of the United States Navy, was already speeding when he came to Times Square. Then, he he drove over a curb and into the crowd of pedestrians. 22 people are injured, and so far, there is one reported fatality. The fatality is an 18-year-old high school student from Michigan, who was visiting New York City with her family. After the car came to a stop, the driver got out of the vehicle. He was described as acting paranoid and erratic. He was apprehended by witnesses, and taken into custody. The mayor of New York City was quick to quell fears that it was not a terrorist attack. Regardless of the motives, this remains a terrifying and tragic incident.
Murder or Manslaughter?
The driver, who is 26 and from the Bronx, faces a charge of second-degree murder. In many drunk-driving cases, the driver is charged with manslaughter, not murder. Involuntary manslaughter generally means that someone was reckless or negligent, but did not intentionally cause the accident. This is also sometimes called vehicular manslaughter. Second-degree murder, on the other hand, is an intentional killing that was not premeditated. Further, in second-degree murder cases, the offender generally shows an obvious lack of concern for human life. In the case of the Times Square accident, the driver’s behavior suggests that he did intend to harm people, even if alcohol, drugs, or mental illness aggravated that decision. He also faces counts of attempted murder and aggravated vehicular manslaughter.
This must have been an incredibly scary event for everyone in Times Square, and we hope the victims make a full recovery. In coming days, we’ll likely hear more about the driver’s motives and intentions. For now, this tragedy serves to remind us all that drunk, drugged, or otherwise reckless driving is incredibly dangerous.
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