Maniac driver plows down people in Times Square

Richard Rojas is escorted from the 7th precinct by New York City Police officers after being processed in connection with the speeding vehicle that struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in New York City, U.S. May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A driver plowed through a crowd of Manhattan pedestrians in one of America’s busiest areas, killing one person and leaving almost two dozen others injured before his car crashed in Times Square.

Richard Rojas, a 26-year-old man from the Bronx, allegedly drove a 2009 Honda ay high speed along three blocks on a sidewalk before a steel security barrier stopped him.

One person, an 18-year-old tourist from Michigan, died and 23 others were injured in the New York Times Square attack.

Rojas told police he was ‘hearing voices’ and he was discharged from the U.S. Navy for disciplinary problems, law enforcement officials said.

He was arrested last week and charged with pointing a knife at a notary, whom he accused of stealing his identity. He pleaded guilty to a harassment violation. In previous arrests, he told authorities he believed he was being harassed and followed, one of the law enforcement officials said.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Rojas was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated in both 2008 and 2015, losing his license for 90 days.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio said  there was ‘no indication that this was an act of terrorism’ but Rojas’ motivation remains unknown.

Investigators photograph evidence at the scene of a crash that killed one person and injured almost two dozen others in Times Square, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in New York. Police say a man steered his car onto a sidewalk running through the heart of Times Square mowing down pedestrians for three blocks. He then emerged from his wrecked vehicle wild-eyed and waving his arms before he was subdued by police and bystanders. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


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