Times Square Driver Charged With Murder And 20 Counts Of Attempted Murder

Authorities: He heard voices telling him to hurt people before the chaos unfolded.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The driver accused of plowing through Times Square yesterday and crashing into a crowd of people has been charged with murder. The crash left tourist Alyssa Elsman, 18, dead. She had posted an Instram photo of Times Square just minutes before being struck. Alyssa's sister is among the 22 injured people. 

According to CNNthe driver was Richard Rojas of the Bronx. The 26-year-old allegedly made a U-turn and steered his car into the sidewalk where it hit several pedestrians for a three block stretch. Surveillance video shows bodies being struck in the crowded intersection in Manhattan.

Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old from Portage, Michigan, was visiting the city and killed. The other injured are expected to survive.

In addition to the murder charge, Rojas faces 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, per a statement from the New York City Police Department.

Rojas tested positive for PCP. Law enforcement told CNN that he said God made him do it and according to NBC4 "heard voices telling him to hurt people before the chaos unfolded."

[Photo: Getty Images]




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