Navy exit, alcohol, plagued Times Square crash suspect

Angie Massey
May 19, 2017

He drove on the sidewalk for three blocks, striking an 18-year-old woman who died of injuries. CBS affiliate WWMT-TV in West Michigan reports her name is Ava.

Six months ago the city completed a $55 million, almost six-year renovation of Times Square that turned roadways into pedestrian zones. Twenty-two other people were injured in the incident. Howard's daughter said. "They mowed everyone down".

Elsman graduated from Portage Central High School in 2016.

"It's nearly trite to say it's a shock, but that's the only word I can come up with", said Principal Eric Alburtus.

"The Elsmans are a very close-knit family and that will be huge in a situation like this", Elsman's aunt Shelly Dusek said.

This is tragic news that breaks the heart of every parent out there.

Friends of a man suspected of plowing his vehicle into pedestrians in Times Square say he'd been going through a rough time.

Officials said Rojas made a U-turn onto a sidewalk in Times Square.

The maroon Honda Accord driven by Richard Rojas propped up on the metal stanchions it collided with.

The man taken into custody was identified as 26-year-old Richard Rojas, a resident of the Bronx.

The crash happened about 9 a.m. Arizona time.

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A pipe bomb exploded last September in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, lightly wounding 31 people in the last terror-related incident in NY.

First responders moved along the scene in both directions.

NYPD officers, NY state troopers and people in plain clothes focused on the victims.

Some we spoke with even witnessed it happening.

The Navy veteran suspected of driving his vehicle into pedestrians in NY reportedly told police he had been hearing voices at the time.

"I looked down at my phone for a minute or two and the next thing you know, boom!"

That was the end of the incident, after Rojas allegedly drove the wrong way three and a half blocks up Seventh Avenue on the sidewalk. The crashed auto caught fire upon slamming into a stanchion, and ended up at such a unusual angle that it seemed to have left a string of human wreckage - and growing panic in its wake. "He started coming right immediately, and people were yelling, and some moved out of the way right away, some people kind of got stuck on the auto as he was driving up, and I was able to jump away as he was coming close to me", one man said.

"He's been going through a real tough time", he said.

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

The driver of the vehicle that careened through New York City's Times Square yesterday was a US Navy veteran who had been arrested at least four times before for offenses including drunk driving and threatening someone with a knife, according to police officials and public records.

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