Richard Rojas Charged With Second Degree Murder
Richard Rojas, the driver of a car that ploughed into pedestrians in New York City’s Times Square, has been charged with murder in the second degree, aggravated vehicular homicide and multiple counts of attempted murder, police report.
The 26-year-old US Navy veteran was taken into custody shortly after the crash, which took place at around midday local time on Thursday.
An 18-year-old woman was killed in the incident and 22 people were injured.
Witnesses say the motorist mounted the pavement in a burgundy Honda sedan and sped along for over three blocks before striking a pole and coming to a standstill at 45th Street and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan.
No clear motive has been given.
According to the police, last week, Rojas was charged with menacing and possession of a weapon after allegedly threatening a man with a knife.
He has also previously been charged twice with drink driving.
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