US Navy veteran charged over Times Square carnage

Regolare Commento Stampare

Her sister, Ava, was among 20 other bystanders who were injured. "There's still three that are in critical condition and there's one that's very critical".

The city bars the placement of bollards in front of individual buildings unless the NYPD deems them to be a potential target, he said. "It was running over everybody that was in front of the auto". Police heavily patrol the area. However, this was not the case.

There is no indication that the incident in Times Square, which unfolded just before noon, was an act of terrorism, de Blasio and other officials said. That included the block where the vehicle killed 18-year-old tourist Alyssa Elsman, even though that stretch of sidewalk was widened in the renovation.

Killed was Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old girl from MI and her 13-year-old sister was among the 22 injured, four of them critically.

"You're trying to steal my identity", he said, according to prosecutors.

Thursday's incident sparked fear in the U.S. financial capital after deadly car-rammings in London, Berlin and the French city of Nice, but authorities said there was no evidence the crash was terror-related. "People were trying to jump out of the way". Rojas reportedly told cops 'You were supposed to shoot me. "I see the auto, I see the vehicle".

Asa Lowe of Brooklyn was standing outside a store in the area when he heard screaming.

Rojas was detained by police and civilians, police said. "He didn't stop. He just kept going". The visuals show suspect US Navy veteran Richard Rojas' vehicle from different angles as he smashes into the unsuspecting pedestrians, wreaking havoc on the streets of New York City. "We wish them Godspeed for a complete recovery".

That's when Planet Hollywood employee Kenya Brandix spotted the driver fleeing from the vehicle.

After getting into a fistfight with a police officer, the cops, along with the help of some pedestrians, were able to arrest Rojas.

"If it was an accident, I would forgive", he said in the interview. "I'm kind of struggling with the whole thing, to be honest with you".

The bollard that stopped the auto driven by Richard Rojas likely saved lives by preventing it from entering an even more densely packed pedestrian plaza, and some New Yorkers are wondering whether the barriers should be deployed on many more sidewalks, much as they are now at sports stadiums and airports nationwide.

Police identified the motorist as Richard Rojas, 26, of NY. When the cops tested him at the precinct, Rojas blew a 0.0 when tested for alcohol.

The order was given to Richard Rojas, 26, at the Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday by Judge Tamiko Amaker, Xinhua news agency reported.

He said investigators were poring through Rojas' background, including any history of "psychological illness". He has been arrested for driving while intoxicated in 2008 and again in 2015.

He pleaded guilty last week to harassment in the Bronx after he was accused of pulling a knife on a notary in his home.