New York City: Times Square car accident that killed an 18-year old female tourist and injured 22 other people has shocked the entire nation. Many people initially thought that the accident might be a terrorist attack. But later it was realized and confirmed by authorities that it was not a terrorist attack. The driver of the car who was arrested when he was apprehended by people nearby as he was trying to run away has been recognized as Richard Rojas.
The 26-year old man who took the life of an 18 year old girl and injured around two dozen other people is said to be an Army veteran from Bronx. Richard Rojas’ car barreled through Times Square as crowds gathered around lunchtime Thursday to enjoy the summer-like day. It is something that Times Square will not be able to forget anytime soon.
Officials claim that the driver of the car who was apprehended by the police was taken from Midtown straight to the Seventh Precinct to undergo drug and alcohol testing. While many reports initially said that he looked heavily drunk, the breath analyzer test was passed by the 26-year old Bronx man. Sources say he told police he smoked something before getting behind the wheel.
He was driving a red Honda and struck pedestrians at about 43rd Street and 7th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and came to a stop after crashing into barricades near 45th Street and Broadway. Reporters at the scene said police had indicated that the driver of the vehicle had “lost control” in Times Square before hitting people. The NYPD had previously said that the driver of the vehicle was in custody and was being tested for alcohol.
In the meantime, more details are available about the driver of the car. He is a military veteran who comes from the Bronx, has two prior arrests for DUI, one in Queens in 2008 and one in Minnesota in 2015. In one of the DUI cases, he was driving faster than 99 mph in a 50 mph zone. Reports suggest that he was discharged from Navy for resisting police during a DUI arrest in Florida. He was most recently arrested in May 2015 on a charge of menacing; officials said he pulled a knife on an acquaintance.