The driver of yesterday’s car accident in Times Square that caused the death of an 18-year old girl and injured around two dozen people has been charged with murder. Besides he has also been charged for aggravated vehicular homicide.
Reports suggest that the man from Bronx who was driving a cherry Honda Accord was a Navy veteran who had faced drinking issue following his Navy stint. He plowed his sedan into very crowded sidewalks in Manhattan’s Time Square.
Initial reaction when the news was flashed was disbelief. Many people thought that it was a terrorism case on the pattern of Nice and London when people driving car willfully targeted people walking on busy thoroughfare killing and injuring scores of people.
The eyewitness accounts suggest that the rampage began when Richard Rojas, of the Bronx made a U-turn, then steered the car into the packed sidewalk where it rammed dozens of pedestrians for a three block stretch. One surveillance video showed the maroon car jump the curb and slam into a group of people, sending bodies tumbling over the hood of the speeding Honda Accord.
An 18-year old girl, Alyssa Elsman, of Portage, Michigan lost her life. Her younger sister too sustained serious injuries. Meanwhile Richard Rojas tested positive for PCP. Officials suggest that he told them that God made him do it. Officials have also said that the man suffered from “psychological issues”. He said that he expected police to shoot him.
Elsman was a 2016 graduate of Portage Central High School. Her school principal “Alyssa was the type of person who seemed very shy and reserved when you first met her, but once you started talking to her you realized she was smart, funny and engaging,” principal Eric Alburtus said in a statement. “She will be deeply missed by the staff and students here.” Her younger sister also studied in the same school.