BREAKING NEWS – NYPD rules out terrorism in Times Square collision that left 22 injured and one dead, as suspect is revealed to be ex-military Bronx man with history of drunk driving who ‘drove up sidewalk for THREE BLOCKS after smoking pot’

Thursday, May 18, 2017
By Paul Martin

The car struck at least 23 people, killing one and seriously injuring four more
Police arrested the driver; it’s not yet known if the incident was intentional
Driver identified as Richard Rojas, 26, from the Bronx; he had two DWIs
Sources say he admitted to cops that he smoked marijuana prior to the crash
In one of those previous incidents he drove at 99mph in a 50mph zone
He reportedly got into a fistfight with an officer as they tried to arrest him
Police are reportedly leaning towards an accident and away from terrorism
The car was photographed caught on a stanchion, apparently on fire
It had driven the wrong way up Seventh Ave when it mounted the curb
On average, 330,000 people pass through Times Square every day
The area is currently closed off to pedestrians by police

JAMES WILKINSON and EMILY CRANE
DAILYMAIL.COM
18 May 2017

The NYPD says that terrorism is no longer considered to be a factor in the horrific Times Squate collision that saw 22 people injured and one young woman killed by a speeding driver.

Richard Rojas, 26, of the Bronx, is said to be the suspect in the collision. He has two DWIs to his name, and reportedly told police he had been smoking marijuana before the incident occurred. He is former military.

Of the 22 people hurt, the NYPD said that four people had been critically injured with open fractures and multiple traumas and three others were seriously injured – all were hospitalized. Some 15 more were not seriously injured, and were not hospitalized.

One person was killed: an 18-year-old woman who was seen sprawled across the sidewalk. Her 13-year-old sister has been taken to hospital.

In a joint press conference, with Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said that the car had been driving down 7th Avenue when it made a U-turn onto the west sidewalk.

The car then drove up the sidewalk for three and a half blocks, striking the 23 victims before crashing into a stanchion near the corner of 45th Street and Broadway, Nigro said.

He said that Rojas attempted to flee the car after the crash, but was tackled by a traffic agent. He added that other officers, and also members of the public, assisted in subduing Rojas.

Rojas has now been taken to a testing facility where he will be screened for drug use.

NBC reported that Rojas admitted to cops that he was smoking marijuana prior to the crash, but that has not been confirmed by the authorities.

It was also reported that Rojas got into a fistfight with one of the officers as they attempted to arrest him. That officer was not badly hurt.

Rojas has a criminal history and two DWIs to his name, Nigro said. In 2008 he was arrested for drunk-driving in Queens, and in 2015 he was arrested again for drink-driving in Manhattan.

In May of this year Rojas was arrested for ‘menacing’, he said. No other details about his history with the police, or that incident, were made available.

In one of those two incidents he drove at 99mph in a 50mph zone, ABC reported. He has also had his license suspended multiple times.

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