Be advised that this video is incredibly disturbing and not for the faint of heart. Cameras located around Times Square in NYC captured the EXACT moment that Richard Rojas slammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians, killing one, on May 18.
Watching this honestly makes us feel sick. The release of this surveillance camera footage just goes to show how fragile and breakable our bodies are. New Yorkers were just going about their day at around noon on May 18 when Richard Rojas‘ red Honda slammed into a crowd of pedestrians. The 26-year old madman was driving at full speed in the opposite direction of oncoming traffic, making his attack all that more unexpected. Upon impact, bodies went flying in every direction and were knocked down like bowling pins.
Shortly after the collision, NYPD confirmed that Alyssa Elsman was the 18-year old girl who died and that at least 22 others had been injured. Kaoru Emura, one of the eyewitnesses who made it out of harm’s way, told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that Richard “made no attempt” to stop as he “barreled” through the crowd. She saw at least 5 bodies on the hood of the car, which was moving at “high speed.” New Yorkers immediately feared the worst that this was an act of terrorism. Thankfully authorities were able to rule that out along with any ties to ISIS.
This is Alyssa Elsman, was visiting NYC and was killed by Richard Rojas who slammed into her. pic.twitter.com/QtFbCnnYCl
— ⚓Kevin Booker ⚓ (@KevinBooker206) May 18, 2017
Here’s what we know so far about Richard. For starters, he has a history of drunk driving and was previously convicted of two DWIs. It seems history repeated itself today as he reportedly admitted to TMZ that he smoked marijuana before getting in the car. What’s even more shocking is that the troubled driver served in the armed forces, according to New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill. Which specific department hasn’t been revealed yet.
HollywoodLifers, are you brave enough to watch the Times Square camera footage?