Times Square Crash: Surveillance Video Shows Horrific Scene | NBC Nightly News


DISTURBING.
NBC’S REHEMA ELLIS HAS
DETAILS. >>Reporter: IT’S
STUNNING NEW VIDEO,
DRAMATIC SCENES FROM SEVERAL SURVEILLANCE
CAMERAS POSTED ONLINE.
THE IMAGES SO HORRIFYING IT’S
DIFFICULT TO WATCH.
IT ALL HAPPENED AFTER THE DRIVER MADE A
SHARP RIGHT TURN
ACCELERATED AND THEN BARRELLED DOWN A
CROWDED SIDEWALK IN
TIMES SQUARE. 20 PEDESTRIANS HIT,
MOWED DOWN AND TOSSED
INTO THE AIR. THE DRIVER STOPPED
ONLY AFTER HE CRASHED
INTO A METAL POST. 18-YEAR-OLD ALYSSA
ELSMAN KILLED, HER
13-YEAR-OLD SISTER HOSPITALIZED.
SURVIVORS STILL IN
DISBELIEF OVER WHAT HAPPENED.
>>I’M ALIVE.
>>I’M SO TRAUMATIZED. >>Reporter: TODAY THE
DRIVER RICHARD ROJAS
WAS ARRAIGNED AND CHARGED WITH MURDER,
ATTEMPTED MURDER AND
AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE.
AUTHORITIES SAY HE HAS
A PAST CRIMINAL RECORD.
HE WAS ARRESTED JUST
LAST WEEK FOR PULLING A KNIFE ON SOMEONE.
QUESTIONS TONIGHT
ABOUT WHY HE WASN’T STILL BEHIND BARS.
>>I KNOW HE PLED
GUILTY. I KNOW HE WAS
RELEASED.
WE’LL HAVE TO LOOK — IT WAS IN THE BRONX SO
WE HAVE TO LOOK AT
THAT. >>Reporter: ACCORDING
TO PROSECUTORS, ROJAS
SAID AT THE TIME OF YESTERDAY’S ARREST HE
SMOKED MARIJUANA LACED
WITH PCP AND SAID I WANT TO KILL THEM,
ADDING OFFICERS SHOULD
HAVE SHOT HIM TO STOP HIM.
TONIGHT, POLICE SAY
THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT HE WAS CONNECTED
TO ANY TERRORIST
ORGANIZATIONS, BUT THEY ARE STILL
SEARCHING FOR A MOTIVE

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