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The Latest: Bouncer tackled fleeing Times Square driver

A smashed car sits on the corner of Broadway and 45th Street in New York’s Times Square after ploughing through a crowd of pedestrians at lunchtime on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Police do not suspect a link to terrorism and the driver was taken into custody to be tested for alcohol. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)
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The Latest on a car striking pedestrians in Times Square (all times local):

8:55 p.m.

A quick-acting restaurant worker played a key role in stopping a fleeing driver who mowed down pedestrians on a Times Square sidewalk.

Ken Bradix has been a bouncer at Planet Hollywood for 17 years. He says he was walking toward the eatery Thursday when the car barreled down the sidewalk and hit a pole, and driver Richard Rojas got out and started running away.

Bradix says Rojas was screaming and swinging his arms and got away from three people who tried to grab him. So, Bradix says, he tackled the 26-year-old from the side, taking him to the ground. Police then handcuffed him.

Planet Hollywood says Bradix “selflessly and heroically took action, helping to stop the fleeing suspect.”

It isn’t clear when Rojas might get a lawyer.

7:25 p.m.

A man who sent his car careening onto a Times Square sidewalk filled with pedestrians had been court-martialed out of the Navy.

A Navy official says Richard Rojas had been discharged as the result of a special court martial. Details of the circumstances were not immediately available.

The 26-year-old was in custody Thursday.

An 18-year-old Michigan woman died and 22 other people were injured when the vehicle barreled up the sidewalk.

Rojas enlisted in the Navy in 2011 and was an electrician’s mate fireman apprentice. He was most recently based at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida, and was discharged in 2014.

Navy records also show he spent two months at a naval brig in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2013. They don’t indicate why.

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