Times Square Driver Killed One, Injured 23 – Updated


Updates at the end: Witnesses say it was intentional.

A man from the Bronx, 26-year-old Richard Rojas, was arrested after plowing his car into pedestrians, killing one reportedly 18 or 26-year old woman and injuring as many as 23 according to CBS News and a press conference with the mayor. Three of the injured are in critical condition.

People were on the hood of the car as he tried to escape according to some witnesses.

Rojas was driving the wrong way on 7th Avenue and speeding at 90 mph for at least three blocks.

Rojas, who is former Navy, had two prior DUIs and might have been drunk at the time of the accident.

In a news conference, New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio said that the suspect is a U.S. citizen who served in the military and has a criminal history. De Blasio said it doesn’t appear to be terror related.

When the car finally crashed into a pole, the driver got out of the vehicle and tried to run away, according to witnesses. He punched a police officer before several cops were able to apprehend him, witnesses said.



The woman who died is Alyssa Eisman of Portage Michigan who was walking with there 13-year old sister.

There is also no sign of alcohol in his system.

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