New York Times Square crash: Driver arrested

Times Square

Officials say 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman was visiting New York City from MI and was with her younger sister at the time of the tragic crash. Sources say Times Square driver was apparently high on K2It happened just before noon near 44th Street and Seventh Avenue - the heart of Times Square near Broadway.

A speeding red sedan struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City's Times Square yesterday, killing at least one person.

A smashed auto sits on the corner of Broadway and 45th Street in New York's Times Square after driving through a crowd of pedestrians Thursday, May 18, 2017.

The driver of the auto was arrested and identified as Richard Rojas, 26, from the Bronx. An 18-year-old tourist from MI was killed.

The arrest report said Rojas made threats to kill all police and military police he might see after he was released from jail.

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NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill told reporters that Rojas is a US citizen who has served in the Navy. VIDEO: Cops walk Times Square suspect from the police precinct: City officials said Rojas has two prior driving-while-intoxicated arrests and other motor vehicle violations on his record. Richard Rojas is expected to enter his guilty or not guilty plea at his arraignment on May 19.

After crashing his auto, Richard exited the vehicle and began causing a scene in the streets, running away from police like a complete madman. In previous arrests, he told authorities he believed he was being harassed and followed, one of the law enforcement officials said. His exact motivation has not been confirmed, but Mayor Bill de Blasio is confident that this was not an act of terrorism.

Rojas had been arrested in 2008 in Queens and 2015 in Manhattan for drunk driving, officials said at the press conference. In 2012 he served aboard the U.S.S.

The apartment building where Rojas lives was cordoned off by police Thursday. It was unclear when Rojas, who was in custody, would get a lawyer or be arraigned.

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