Saturday, 27 May, 2017

Richard Rojas, 26, Identified As Driver In Fatal Crash — Times Square Crash

Car drives into crowd, kills 1 in New York City's Times Square Car hits pedestrians in New York's Times Square
Francis Olson | 19 May, 2017, 18:56

One person is dead and 22 others were injured near New York City's Times Square after a vehicle plowed into pedestrians on a sidewalk just before lunch hour Thursday.

Here's what you need to know.

Police said he drove his auto for three blocks in Times Square, hitting almost two dozen people, before steel security barriers finally stopped him.

He drove on the sidewalk for there blacks, striking an 18-year-old woman who died of injuries.

The deceased teenager, named in media reports as 18-year-old MI tourist Alyssa Elsman, was walking with her 13-year-old sister, who was injured.

Rojas didn't get far.

Richard Rojas is escorted from the 7th precinct by New York City Police officers after being processed in connection with the speeding vehicle that struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in New York City, on Thu., May 18, 2017.

Initially, there were fears the incident had been a terrorist attack but investigators discounted that and are focusing on Rojas's sobriety and mental health.

Belt and Road summiteers swear by open trade centred around WTO
The prime minister is visiting China on the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend the Belt and Road forum. The US delegation was led by the Asia director of President Donald Trump's National Security Council.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio have both visited the scene.

Was the driver known to police? His last arrest was on menacing charges for allegedly putting a knife to a man's throat.

He pleaded guilty to a harassment violation. He has a history of DWI (driving while intoxicated) arrests, the official said.

Police sources said the suspect, who has two previous arrests for drunk driving, was being tested for alcohol. This man says it was the bouncer from Planet Hollywood who slugged the driver allowing others to bring him down. Harrison Ramos said Rojas was not the same when he came back from active duty in 2014.

He has previously been discharged from the U.S. Navy following disciplinary problems.

"He's been going through a real tough time", he said.

Rojas enlisted in the Navy in September 2011. In 2012 he served aboard the USS Carney, a destroyer. "She was bright. She was amusing". He was based in Charleston for two months during that time. They do not indicate why. Details were not immediately available.

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