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Former Naval Station Mayport sailor arrested in fatal Times Square crash

19 May 2017, 08:28 | Todd Saunders

A car rests on a security barrier in New York's Times Square after driving through a crowd of pedestrians injuring at least a dozen people

Times Square

The deceased is an 18-year-old MI tourist who was visiting the Big Apple with her family, including her 13-year-old sister who was injured, the New York Times reports. Sources say Times Square driver was apparently high on K2It happened just before noon near 44th Street and Seventh Avenue - the heart of Times Square near Broadway.

Law enforcement officials say a man accused of steering his auto onto one of the busiest sidewalks in the USA and mowing down pedestrians for three blocks told police he was "hearing voices".

Police say he drove his auto for three blocks in Times Square, hitting almost two dozen people before steel security barriers finally stopped him. An 18-year-old tourist from MI was killed. He served in the U.S. Navy, and neighbors in the Bronx claim he has not been the same since being discharged in 2014. Sources say the number of victims is expected to rise as law enforcement agencies coordinate their rescue efforts.

After crashing his auto, Richard exited the vehicle and began causing a scene in the streets, running away from police like a complete madman.

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One woman was killed at the scene, and four other people remain in critical condition, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at the news conference.

Rojas is to be arraigned Friday. Watch an interview with one of the witnesses: Here is video showing the scene: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo went to the scene and met with officials.

A week ago he was arrested and charged with pointing a knife at a notary, who he accused of stealing his identity. In previous arrests, he told authorities he believed he was being harassed and followed, one of the law enforcement officials said. He's a USA citizen and a Naval veteran. Rojas was seen being hauled into a police auto. It was unclear when Rojas, who was in custody, would get a lawyer or be arraigned.



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