Man Who Drove Into Times Square Crowd Charged With Murder
The driver of a car that crashed into nearly two dozen pedestrians in New York’s Times Square was charged with murder, police said on Friday.
“Richard Rojas, he’s a 26-year-old individual from the Bronx. He’s being charged today with one count of murder two for intentionally taking the life of Alyssa Elsman,” New York Police Assistant Chief, William Aubry, said.
“He’s also being charged with 20 counts of attempted murder two for striking those 20 pedestrians as they walked along the street. He’s being charged with five counts of aggravated vehicle homicide, which includes the death or the serious physical injury to individuals.”
Three people remained in critical condition on Friday, after police said Richard Rojas intentionally plowed into them the day before, killing a young woman and injuring 20 others.
“Of the 19 that were treated at local hospitals, seven were admitted, there are still three that are in critical condition and there’s still one that’s very critical and she is a 38-year-old woman from Canada. We also have Alyssa’s 13-year-old sister Ava who is being treated at Cornell hospital for a collapsed lung and broken pelvis.”
Aubry said results of drug tests on Rojas were expected in the next few days.