New York Times Square crash: Driver arrested

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Several people were injured during the massive crash in Times Square Thursday
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19 May, 2017

The deceased is an 18-year-old MI tourist who was visiting the Big Apple with her family, including her 13-year-old sister who was injured, the New York Times reports.

The New York Post, citing police sources, reported that the driver drove the wrong way up Seventh Avenue for up to three blocks, before crashing into a pole at 45th Street and Broadway.

The man who sped his auto onto the busy sidewalk of Times Square was charged with murder after killing an innocent 18-year-old girl with his vehicle on May 18. An 18-year-old tourist from MI was killed.

The vehicle eventually crashed into a pole and stopped at 45th Street and Broadway, according to reports.

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. Sources say the number of victims is expected to rise as law enforcement agencies coordinate their rescue efforts. Reuters claim he said the police were "supposed" to kill him.

Rojas is to be arraigned Friday.

Rojas initially tested negative for alcohol, but more detailed drug tests were pending, according to two law enforcement officials who were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

A cause of the crash is under investigation, but authorities say it's believed to be an "isolated incident" with no nexus to terror.

Richard does not have a clean past, and just one week ago, he was arrested for pointing a knife at a notary.

Rojas was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated in 2008 and 2015, police Commissioner James O'Neill said, losing his license for 90 days.

Rojas is a USA citizen and former member of the armed services. It was unclear when Rojas, who was in custody, would get a lawyer or be arraigned.


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