A man with a history of drunken driving has been charged with murder after police say he barreled a car through the crowded sidewalks in Manhattan’s Times Square, leaving one person dead and 22 injured.
The deadly rampage on Thursday started after the driver allegedly made a U-turn, then steered the car into the packed sidewalk where it rammed dozens of pedestrians for a three block stretch.
One surveillance video showed the maroon car jump the curb and slam into a group of people, sending bodies tumbling over the hood of the speeding Honda Accord.
Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old resident of Portage, Michigan, who was visiting the city, was killed.
The suspect, Richard Rojas, of the Bronx, tested positive for PCP and told police that God made him do it, a law enforcement source told CNN.
Rojas, 26, who suffered from “psychological issues,” told police he expected officers to shoot him, according to the source.
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. The five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide are for the death of Elsman and four victims who are in critical condition.
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SOURCE: CNN, Ray Sanchez and Madison Park