When a car plowed through the heart of New York City killing one and injuring over a dozen, concerns were immediately raised about whether or not it was terrorism. Now, authorities are reportedly confirming the truth behind this tragic accident.
The man who allegedly drove his speeding car through Times Square on Thursday, May 18, just before noon was not acting as a terrorist according to NYPD, reports Deadline. The city of New York was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief upon hearing that information, including the HollywoodLife.com office which is just two avenues over from where the accident took place. Unfortunately, it doesn’t change the fact that the driver, named as Richard Rojas, allegedly took someone’s life and nearly cost 22 others theirs. The driver, who is reportedly 26 years old, will be tested for drugs and alcohol. It has also been revealed that he allegedly has not one, but two DUI’s on his record, which suggests this accident could have been caused by just that.
An official statement has yet to be made by the NYPD, as they were immediately preoccupied with arresting the driver and securing the area. Pictures and videos taken by nearby pedestrians reveal the scene after the accident was extremely chaotic, with injured victims laying in the street and the red Honda the driver was using turned on it’s side and smoking as it laid on the sidewalk. Video of Richard being arrested was also captured, as well as some footage showing that Times Square has been shut down and is swarming with uniform police officers.
Please stay tuned to HollywoodLife.com for additional coverage on this tragic accident. Our thoughts remain with the victims of this crash during this difficult time.
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