Times Square Deadly Crash [Graphic Video]

A crazed man plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square in New York City Thursday.

One person was killed and at least 20 were injured. The suspect, Richard Rojas of the Bronx, has a history of driving under the influence, police said—although he blew a 0.0 during an alcohol screening. Drug tests were underway and officials believe he was under the influence of synthetic marijuana, or ‘K2.’

Rojas drove the maroon 2009 Honda Accord into pedestrians in Times Square after having jumped the sidewalk on the west side of Seventh Avenue at 42nd Street, continuing for three blocks before crashing at the northwest corner of 45th Street and Broadway.

As he attempted to flee from his car, police tackled him and took him into custody.

According to the New York Post, Rojas intentionally rammed the vehicle into the crowd in a suicide-by-cop attempt.

“You were supposed to shoot me! I wanted to kill them!” the 26-year-old reportedly said to police during interrogation. He also told police he “smoked something” and spoke of the “end of the world.

Soure: Breaking911

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The deceased victim in the attack was identified as Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old tourist from Michigan.

NYPD Statement on Deadly Crash In Times Square

Remarks prepared for Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill:

At approximately 1155 AM, a 2009 Honda Accord passenger vehicle mounted the sidewalk on the west side of 7th Avenue at West 42nd Street in Times Square. The vehicle, occupied by a male driver, proceeded to drive at a high rate of speed along the sidewalk from 42nd Street to 45th Street, striking a number of pedestrians along the way.

The Honda eventually came to a stop on the northwest corner of West 45th Street, where it collided with a metal stanchion. Along the route, the subject’s vehicle struck twenty-three (23) pedestrians causing multiple injuries and one fatality. Twenty-two (22) victims were removed to local hospitals.

The driver, a 26-year-old male identified as Richard Rojas, a resident of the Bronx, was taken into custody at the scene. A preliminary investigation reveals that Rojas has two arrests for DWI-related incidents. Detectives are currently reviewing any other criminal history for the subject.

Further investigation is ongoing. At this point, there is no indication that this incident was terrorism-related.

Source: Breaking911