1 Dead, 22 Injured as Speeding Car Plows Into Times Square
A 26-year-old Bronx man with two prior DWIs plowed his car into pedestrians in Times Square today, killing one person and injuring 22 others—three of whom are in critical condition. After running into a pole, the driver, Richard Rojas, emerged from his car and “started to punch people and tackle people,” reported an eyewitness, who added that Rojas "had the craziest, angriest face.” Rojas was subsequently pinned to the ground by a patrol officer and arrested; the deceased was an 18-year-old tourist from Michigan named Alyssa Elsman, who was visiting with her family. The New York Post notes that Rojas, who works as a notary, was arrested on May 11 in the Bronx for threatening someone who came to his house to get an annuity notarized. Rojas accused the person of stealing his ID before putting a knife to his throat, said police, who don't believe today's incident to be a an act of terrorism.
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