Speding vehicle plows through pedestrians in famed New York district


NEW YORK – A teenager was killed while at least 22 others were hurt when a speeding car driven by a man who allegedly had used drugs plowed through a crowd in the famed Times Square area of New York City.

The fatality was identified by New York police as Alyssa Elsman, 18, of Portage, Michigan.

A law enforcement source told CNN that the driver of the 2009 Honda Accord, Richard Rojas, 26, and a Bronx resident, tested positive for phencyclidine – a dissociative drug, and had “pyschological issues”.

The source also quoted Rojas as saying that he expected officers to shoot him down.

Police said the speeding car jumped the sidewalk along 7th Avenue at 42nd Street and then hit pedestrians down three blocks before it crashed at the corner of 45th Street.

Four of the 22 injured are reportedly in critical condition but are expected to survive, reports said.

Charges are being readied against Rojas and according to New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill, Rojas was apprehended in 2008 and in 2015 in New York for driving while drunk.

New York City officials assured that the incident was not an act of terrorism. GAC/Expat Media


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