A 26-year-old man from the Bronx will be arraigned Friday on second-degree murder charges for allegedly steering his auto onto a busy Times Square sidewalk, killing a MI tourist and injuring 22 people, four critically. He accelerated and continued driving until he crashed at 45th Street, according to law enforcement.
The crash killed 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman, who was visiting NY from MI with her family.
Eighteen-year-old tourist Alyssa Elsman, of Portage, Michigan, was killed in the crash.
Three people were still in critical condition with serious head injuries, and a fourth is being treated for a collapsed lung and broken pelvis, according to the complaint. "I wanted to kill them".
"Rojas tried to flee the scene".
Authorities said the former member of the armed forces has a criminal record, including two prior arrests for driving while intoxicated.
De Blasio, a progressive Democrat seeking re-election this year, said authorities would assess whether they needed to step up security to stop similar incidents from happening in the future. According to USA prosecutors, Rojas had "had glassy eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady", during his arrest.
"I think we've done our community a disservice by calling this drug a synthetic marijuana", says Troy Officer of the Austin Police Department. Police sources confirmed the presence of PCP in his system. Defense attorneys did not comment outside of court.
After his arrest Rojas told cops he had meant to commit murder-suicide, pleading with police to shoot him, according to the NY post.
The incident does not appear to be linked to terrorism and is being investigated as an accident, according to New York City police, who are working with the FBI to investigate. Last minute I decided I was gonna cross the street ... Rojas careened up the sidewalk, straight into unsuspecting foot traffic, northbound for three and a half blocks before a steel barrier brought his murderous rampage to a screeching halt at Seventh and Broadway.
"She looked out for her younger siblings [and] would always play with them", the relative said, noting that they hardly argued. "It happened too fast".
Christopher Beekharry, his wife Sunita Prasad and their two children, ages 3 and 6, were visiting from the South American CARICOM nation of Guyana and touring Times Square, New York with their uncle on Thursday, May 18 when they saw a vehicle racing towards them on the side walk.