Times Square driver pleaded for NYC cops to shoot him

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

"My heart goes out to the family who lost a loved one and those injured in Times Square crash", tweeted Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY. Police also said the auto was not being pursued by police at the time of the crash.

The crash killed an 18-year-old woman and the injured included her 13-year-old sister, police said.

Driving the wrong way the driver of the red Honda, 26-year-old Richard Rojas of the Bronx, is in custody.

"People were being hit and rolling off the auto", one witness told Reuters. The vehicle barreled through the prime tourist location and came to rest with two of its wheels in the air.

"Today's events at Times Square were nothing short of horrific", he said in a statement.

Police say the 26-year-old Navy veteran was arrested last week after he pointed a knife at a notary and accused the notary of stealing his identity.

"He's just mowing down people", said Asa Lowe, of Brooklyn, who was standing outside a store when he heard screaming.

The maroon sedan vehicle, travelling at high speed, crashed into the group of people and ended up flipping onto its side on the sidewalk, before ambulances and police descended on the area, an AFP photographer said.

A witness said "it was so much chaos going on and you saw people were running".

In previous arrests, he told authorities he believed he was being harassed and followed, one of the law enforcement officials said.

"People just got stunned", said Bruno Carvalho, a student at SUNY Albany.

The vehicle hit a barricade and stopped.

When Rojas got out and started running, two bystanders tried to detain him, with one tearing his shirt, Bradix said, but Rojas got away. When he stepped outside, he saw five people injured and one who appeared to be dead.

Sean Spicer, the White House's Press Secretary said that President Trump has already been notified.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that Trump was briefed before NY authorities confirmed the death. The man has a history of driving while intoxicated, according to the law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

A auto traveling through Times Square has driven into a crowd of pedestrians, injuring several people.

In August 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio created a 100-officer unit to patrol Times Square to help control the ballooning industry of costumed Superheroes and cartoon characters.

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