New York City is still reeling from the horrible Times Square car crash that left 1 person dead and at least 22 people injured. New York state’s governor Andrew Cuomo will speak on the May 18 tragedy, using his press conference to clear up any confusion surrounding this heartbreaking tragedy.
Just like any other New Yorker, Governor Andrew Cuomo, 59, must have been stunned when he heard that a car had plowed into a crowd of people in the heart of New York City. A speeding car jumped the curb near Times Square on May 18, driving into numerous pedestrians gathered in one of the busiest parts of Manhattan. When the carnage had stopped, many were left injured and one person had died. Along with Governor Cuomo, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, 56, is also expected to speak on this horrible accident.
The authorities have taken the driver of the Honda Accord into custody. The man allegedly behind the wheel of the Honda Accord is a 26-year-old man from the Bronx named Richard Rojas, who reportedly has two prior DWIs on his record. Richard is a US citizen and a former member of the Armed Forces. His vehicle was traveling on the wrong side of the street for multiple blocks before crashing. Richard allegedly attempted to flee the scene after the crash, before a dozen of police officers caught him. He was quickly arrested, and an eyewitness caught it all on video.
As the authorities arrested the suspect, he reportedly intoxicated, leading some to suspect this fatal accident was another result of drinking and driving. “The incident happened around 12 noon [EST] on West 42nd street and 2nd avenue,” NYPD PIO Officer Magoolaghan tells HollywoodLife.com. “The driver is in custody and we’re still investigating.” Thankfully, the authorities confirmed that this didn’t look to be an act of terror. None the less, the nearby Forever 21 and Sunglass Hut stores were evacuated, just in case.
We’ll continue to update this post with new information as it becomes available, HollywoodLifers. In the meantime, our thoughts are with those hurt and killed in this horrible tragedy.