By the time his sedan came to rest on one of the security pilings, Rojas had killed a 18-year-old tourist from MI, and injured 22 other people.
NY officials immediately allay fears of terrorism by releasing information that the driver of the Honda Accord, identified as Richard Rojas, a 26-year old Navy veteran has a history of arrests for drunken driving.
18 year old Alyssa Elsman was killed in the incident while her 13 year old sister was one of those injured.
Witness, Juan Soto, told Sky News: "I came upon the scene - a gruesome scene with multiple victims on the sidewalk and the street". After the crash, Rojas bolted out of the vehicle and started running, but he was tackled by the passers by and the police.
Richard Rojas entered no plea during his court appearance on Friday, a day after he apparently killed a teenage girl and injured at least 20 people in Times Square.
Officials do not believe this was an act of terrorism, but rather the actions of a deranged U.S. Navy Vet who investigators suspect was high on some type of drug. Four of them remain in critical condition, suffering from various traumatic injuries, including open fractures. "(The driver) was screaming - no particular words - but he was screaming and flailing his arms in all kinds of directions".
He is due to reappear in court next week. Ken Bradix, who oversees security at the nearby Planet Hollywood, was one of the good Samaritans who stopped Rojas.
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The Portuguese said: "I hope the fans at Old Trafford on Sunday the support the team; they forgive naivety and some lack of confidence.
Rojas has several prior criminal cases that paint a picture of a troubled man.
Rojas's lawyer and weeping supporters had no comment.
Rojas enlisted in 2011 and was an electrician's mate fireman apprentice. In 2012, he served aboard the USS Carney, a destroyer.
Rojas was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated in 2008 and 2015, police Commissioner James O'Neill said, losing his license for 90 days.
He 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. He pleaded guilty last week to harassment in the Bronx after he was accused of pulling a knife on a notary in his home.
Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval prison in Charleston, South Carolina.
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