[Correction: The vehicle is a late model Honda Accord]
A speeding car struck at least 13 pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City’s Times Square.
FDNY is now reporting 23 injuries.
The vehicle crashed in a Northerly direction at West 43rd and 7th Avenue, meaning it was traveling in the opposite flow of traffic. FDNY responded and extinguished a fire that resulted.
FDNY is reporting one fatality, an 18-year-old woman, and 23 injured.
A witness told Reuters said at least 10 were being treated for injuries on the ground after the collision at the Midtown Manhattan tourist site.
The New York Police Department has closed off the area.
The vehicle came to rest on a metal pole specifically designed to protect pedestrians from just such an incident.
Two people are in custody.
The driver, Richard Rojas, 26-year-old Bronx male with two prior DUI convictions, is undergoing processing now.
The second man is a bicycle messenger who refused to follow police instructions.
The NYPD reported shortly before the incident that they were in pursuit of an intoxicated man who had committed a bank robbery. It is unclear if this is related.
Update: NYPD now confirms that Rojas, the driver, was being pursued.
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A woman in Florida who was burned by a cup of Starbucks coffee got the justice she fought for as a jury ordered the coffee giant to award her more than $100,000 for her injuries.
Joanne Mogavero won the suit she filed against Starbucks after the jury heard her case and ruled that the leading coffee shop was negligent for the lid popping off their coffee cup and sending the scalding hot beverage into her lap.
Mogavero’s lawyer narrated to the court that their client, a 43-year-old mom, was at a Starbucks drive-thru in July 2014 when she ordered the Venti Pike’s Place coffee. While passing the coffee to the passenger’s seat the lid suddenly just popped off and sent the 190-degree cup into Mogavero’s lap. As a result, Mogavero suffered permanent scarring.
The jury decided favorably for Mogavero as they awarded her with $15, 492.14 for her medical bills and an additional $85,000 for her pain and suffering.
Steve Earle, Mogavero’s lawyer, said that his client didn’t want sympathy from the jury, but she wanted justice and they gave her just that with their verdict.
Earle argued that the coffee shop should warn its customers that the lids can pop off. Starbucks failed to give Mogavero such a warning when she ordered, and after she got her drink. According to court documents, a Starbucks representative even testified during the trial that the coffee company receives 80 complaints a month about issues with lids popping off or leaking.
Starbucks spokesman Reggie Borges said in a statement that the company is considering an appeal. Borges said that Starbucks is standing behind their store partners and employees in the Mogavero case and maintain that they did nothing wrong.
In 2015, a North Carolina cop also sued Starbucks for hot coffee-related injuries after the lid of his coffee cup came off as he was sitting down at the coffee shop, spilling the hot liquid in his lap.