Horrific Times Square Collision saw 18-year-old girl dead, 22 others injured.
In what would be described as a horrific incident, an 18-year-old girl identified as Alyssa Elsman from Michigan was killed and 22 people injured at Times Square collision when a 26-year-old man drove up on the curb and ploughed through the dense crowd at an alarming high speed for close to three and a half block before crashing.
The driver, Richard Rojas, a veteran of the United State’s Military has a criminal including Driving While Impaired (DWI). He admitted to the Police that he had been smoking marijuana before the occurrence of the incident.
Four of the 22 people hurt as reported by the NYPD had been injured critically with open fractures and multiple traumas while three others were injured seriously and were all hospitalized.
Daily Mail Uk reports that Major Bill de Blasio, the NYPD Commissioner, James O’Neil and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro in a joint press conference confirmed that the car had been moving down 7th Avenue and then suddenly made a U-turn onto the west sidewalk.
The car drove on the sidewalk for three and half blocks, hitting the 23 victims and crashed into a stanchion at the corner of 45th Street and Broadway.
The driver made attempts to escape after the crash but luck ran out on him as he was tackled by a traffic agent. He was eventually subdued by other officers, and members of the public.
Rojas has a criminal history and two DWIs to his name, Nigro said. In 2008 he was arrested for drunk-driving in Queens, and in 2015 he was arrested again for drink-driving in Manhattan.
In May of this year Rojas was arrested for ‘menacing’, he said. No other details about his history with the police, or that incident, were made available.