Man who ran over pedestrians was 'hearing voices'

Man who ran over pedestrians was 'hearing voices'

Man who ran over pedestrians was 'hearing voices'

A man steered his auto onto a sidewalk running through the heart of Times Square and mowed down pedestrians for three blocks, killing a teenager, then emerged from his wrecked vehicle wild-eyed and waving his arms before he was subdued by police and bystanders. The 26 year-old Bronx native and United States citizen ran his auto into a crowd of people and killed one person, New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said in a press conference.

A man with a history of drunken driving has been charged with murder after police say he barreled a vehicle through the crowded sidewalks in Manhattan's Time Square, leaving one person dead and 22 injured.

That 18-year-old woman was killed and 22 more were injured including the dead victim's 13-year-old sister, officials said. It was unclear if Rojas has a lawyer.

Rojas spent his final months in the Navy at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida, before being discharged in 2014 as the result of a special court martial, a Navy official said.

Times Square, next to the famed Broadway theater district, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the U.S. financial capital and where police stepped up patrols in recent years after a vehicle bomb was planted in 2010.

Police do not suspect a link to terrorism, but the vehicle was checked by the bomb squad and certain city landmarks were getting a beefed up police presence.

Witnesses said the motorist mounted the sidewalk in a burgundy Honda sedan and sped along for more than three city blocks, knocking people over before the auto struck a pole and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan.

The picture that quickly emerged of Rojas from neighbors and authorities was of a man with problems.

Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval prison in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Following his arrest shortly after the crash at around noon, Rojas was transported to a testing facility to determine whether he had drugs or alcohol in his system.

Rojas was reportedly under the influence of synthetic marijuana, known as K2, during the incident, ABC News reported, citing sources.

Rojas was taken to Bellevue Hospital rather than to the city's central booking facility after being detained at a police precinct on Manhattan's Lower East Side, according to the police source who spoke to Reuters.

He was expected to appear in court on Friday at an arraignment hearing.

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

"Don't make him out to be a terrorist or something", Ramos said. Police do not suspect a. He fought with officers who then handcuffed him, authorities said. "He didn't stop. He just kept going", Lowe said. The driver was taken into custody and tested for alcohol.

The incident does not appear to be linked to terrorism and is being investigated as an accident, according to New York City police, who are working with the FBI to investigate.

Times Square was evacuated in May 2010 when a auto bomb that failed to explode was found in an SUV. "Two of the people I saw that were really hurt, people were beside them. we were trying to tell (police) they were hurt".

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