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Rojas traveled on the sidewalk for three blocks, striking an 18-year-old woman who died of her injuries. Sources say Times Square driver was apparently high on K2It happened just before noon near 44th Street and Seventh Avenue - the heart of Times Square near Broadway.

Rojas, 26, was driving a 2009 Honda Accord when he drove onto the sidewalk at West 42nd Street and 7th Avenue, Police Commissioner James O'Neill said. An 18-year-old tourist from MI was killed. PHOTOS: Car plows into crowd in Times SquareTwenty-one others were injured. The NYPD released a statement, saying, "It is believed to be an isolated incident, it remains under investigation".

The incident sparked jitters after recent deadly car-ramming attacks in London, Berlin and the French city of Nice, but officials said early evidence did not point to a terror link.

The New York Police Department charged Richard Rojas, 26, with murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide on the evening of May 18, just hours after he plowed his vehicle onto the sidewalk of the busiest area of New York City, police confirmed to the New York Post.

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The report said he yelled, "My life is over", when officers pulled him over.

Rojas is a USA citizen and former member of the armed services. He tested positive for K2, also known as synthetic marijuana, police sources said. His last arrest was on menacing charges for allegedly putting a knife to a man's throat.

Rojas initially tested negative for alcohol, but more detailed drug tests are pending, according to officials.

A smashed auto sits on the corner of Broadway and 45th Street in New York's Times Square after driving through a crowd of pedestrians Thursday, May 18, 2017. His vehicle was stopped by a metal stanchion at West 45th Street. Reuters claim he said the police were "supposed" to kill him.

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