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Marla Maples Takes Selfies At Times Square Crash Site (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante

President Donald Trump's ex wife took selfies near the scene of a tragic car crash that took place in New York City on May 18.

Marla Maples, 53, was at a reading for a friend's play when the news broke about a vehicle that ran off the road in Times Square, injuring 22 pedestrians and killing one, the Daily Mail reported. She then took to Instagram and Snapchat to post videos of the scene.

Maples also stopped to take photos at the crash site. In one image, she is seen holding up a woman's phone just a few feet away from the police tape marking which indicated where 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman lost her life. The three people in the photo smiled for the snap.

Maples started her day off by posting about the hot weather in New York City that day as she made her way to a reading of "Empire," which was written by her friend, Caroline Herman. The play tells the story of the conception of the Empire State building.

Shortly after the reading, news had surfaced about 26-year-old Richard Rojas crashing his car into a busy Times Square sidewalk, injuring 22 people and killing one.

When Maples learned about the tragic crash, she uploaded a video to Snapchat of herself walking to the scene. She said: "I am going to Times Square to see if there is anything I can do."

Maples posted a number of videos and photos to her Snapchat and Instagram accounts once she arrived at the scene. She got as close to the scene as the police tape would allow.

"We’re at Times Square at the scene of this horrific crash," Maples said in another video clip.

Maples took photos from several different views of Times Square, noting "everyone's here to help. Other tourists could be seen taking pictures near the area where Elsman lost her life.

"Sending out so much love to everyone," Maples said in another video. She also used the "XXX Times Square With Love" filter for a few of her Snapchat videos and images.

Investigators are not calling the incident an act of terrorism at this time, CBS News reported.

"That being said, we are reinforcing key locations around the city with our anti-terror units of the NYPD," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

Rojas, who is a U.S. citizen, has a criminal history. He was recently arrested for menacing and has had previous arrests for drinking and driving.

"In 2008 he was arrested in Queens for drinking and driving, and also in 2015 he was arrested in Manhattan for drinking and driving," said William Aubry, NYPD chief of Manhattan South detectives.

Sources: Daily Mail, CBS News / Photo credit: Tony Fischer/Flickr, Jose Perez via Daily Mail, Snapchat via Daily Mail

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