Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Driver charged with murder in Times Square crash

He is due in court in Manhattan later on Friday to face charges of murder, attempted murder and vehicular homicide.

The vehicle struck 23 pedestrians, killing Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old tourist from MI, law enforcement sources and city officials said. The auto traveled on the sidewalk for three blocks, striking and killing Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old woman from MI. Two law enforcement sources say Rojas claims he heard voices and investigators are looking into the possibility it was a deliberate act.

They said he also told police they should have shot him. He was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated in 2008 and 2015, losing his license for 90 days, police Commissioner James O'Neill said.

NY mayor Bill de Blasio said:"We continue to go about our lives as New Yorkers". It is being investigated as an accident, a police official said. The serious injuries included pelvic fractures, internal bleeding and head injuries.

"I did not knock him out", he said. Four of the injured were in a critical condition, officials said.

After the wreck he emerged from his vehicle running, yelling and jumping before being subdued by police and bystanders in a chaotic scene.

Witnesses described seeing people being loaded on to stretchers, shoes scattered around the scene and people in bloodstained blankets amid the carnage.

The vehicle crashed into a pole and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway before police took the driver away. The auto leaned on a lamppost and steel barriers meant to block vehicles from getting onto the sidewalk. She also appeared to have visited before, posting a picture of herself at the intersection of 47th Street and Broadway in April 2016.

"So far what we know is 23 individuals were in this incident, and that includes tragically one young woman who has passed away", the mayor said at an afternoon press conference.

The bouncer added that at the time, he was just doing what he thought was right. "I was scared for my life".

Twenty three people were struck by the auto before it was stopped by a security barrier.

Elizabeth Long of OH told CNN she was walking to the Hard Rock Cafe when she saw a maroon auto heading toward her on the sidewalk. Hearing screams and fearing that the auto would hit her, she ran to a nearby building's revolving door.

Police say Elsman's 13-year-old sister was among the people who were struck but survived. "We went back to the corner and saw and we saw people lying on the sidewalks", the woman told local media.

"I assumed he got help, but I guess he didn't", Ramos said. One of them - a teenager - died. "I don't think there was actually time for screaming". The auto crashed into a metal stanchion.

"It was more of a surreal thing", she said.

"It was more of a surreal thing", she said.

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