Driver charged with murder in Times Square crash

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Driver charged with murder in Times Square crash

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A man with a history of drunken driving, has been charged with murder after police say he barreled a car through the crowded sidewalks in Manhattan's Time Square

leaving one person dead and injuring 22.

The deadly rampage on Thursday started after the driver allegedly made a U-turn, then steered the car into the packed sidewalk where it rammed dozens of pedestrians for a three block stretch.
 
One surveillance video showed the maroon car jump the curb and slam into a group of people, sending bodies tumbling over the hood of the speeding Honda Accord.
 
The rampage killed Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old resident of Portage, Michigan, who had been visiting the city, and left four people in critical condition, officials said.
 
The suspect, Richard Rojas, of the Bronx, tested positive for PCP and told police that God made him do it, a law enforcement source told CNN.
 
Rojas, 26, who suffered from "psychological issues," told police he expected officers to shoot him, according to the source.
 
In addition to the murder charge, Rojas also faces 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, according to a press release from the New York City Police Department.
 
The five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide is for the death of Elsman and four injured people who were in critical condition.
 
They are expected to survive, officials said.
 
 
 

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