NY Square pedestrian horror: Accused driver taken in for ?evaluation?

Pauline Gross
May 20, 2017

The New York Times reported that the driver was under the influence of drugs when he rammed into pedestrians in the city?s most crowded and high-profile area.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday afternoon that a fatal incident in Times Square, in which a auto killed at least one person and injured almost two dozen others, did not appear to be related to terrorism, writes Politico.

Rojas is believed to have driven his Honda Accord into the crowded Seventh Avenue in downtown NY, jumped the curb and started hitting pedestrians on the sidewalk. Police do not suspect a link to terrorism and the driv. Friends told The New York Times he was dealing with growing paranoia. Police do not suspect a.

Rojas was arrested Thursday afternoon after he drove his auto for three blocks in Times Square, hitting almost two dozen people before steel security barriers finally stopped him. Law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that Rojas was hearing voices and expected to die.

"He murdered in cold blood", Assistant District Attorney Harrison Schweiloch said.

Elsman's 13-year-old sister was also struck by the auto, but survived, police said.

Of the injured, four were critical and three deemed very serious but were all likely to survive, authorities said.

Rojas was due to appear in Manhattan's criminal court on Friday to be arraigned on one count of second-degree murder, five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and 20 counts of attempted murder.

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He didn't enter a plea and was held without bail.

Rojas's lawyer and weeping supporters had no comment. The driver of the vehicle, identified by police as Richard Rojas, 26, of the Bronx, was screaming and flailing as he got out of the auto after hitting multiple people, Bradix said.

The apartment building where Rojas lives was cordoned off by police Thursday.

Photographers snapped pictures of a wild-eyed Rojas on Thursday after he climbed from the wrecked vehicle and ran through the streets.

"When he hits the stanchion, there is a traffic agent that ends up tackling him".

A week ago he was arrested and charged with pointing a knife at a notary, whom he accused of stealing his identity. He also had two drunk driving arrests.

Navy records show Rojas enlisted in September 2011 and was based in IL and Florida, working as an electrician's mate fireman apprentice.

He spent his final months in the Navy at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida, before being discharged in 2014 as the result of a special court martial, a Navy official said.

Other reports by GizPress

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