Driver Who Killed Times Square Tourist in Road Rampage Indicted for Murder

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 14, 2017

A U.S. Navy veteran pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and attempted murder after he was accused of intentionally mowing down pedestrians on a Times Square sidewalk, killing a West Michigan woman and injuring 22 other people.

Williams was critically injured and is still recovering from the crash.

Rojas wore his beige jail uniform when he appeared in court Thursday (pictured) and pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder.

Rojas" attorney said outside court it was a "terrible thing that happened'.

Prosecutors say that on May 18 Rojas drove his vehicle along the sidewalk on 7th Avenue in Times Square, mowing down pedestrians along the way.

Alyssa Elsman, 18, was killed in the crash.

Her sister and dozens of others were injured. Following the crash, the majority of the victims were hospitalized - five in critical condition.

One of his victims is still hospitalized, the DA's office noted.

The Dunellen, NJ, teen missed prom and her high school graduation while in the hospital undergoing numerous surgeries.

Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old woman visiting from MI, was killed, while 22 other pedestrians suffered various injuries, some serious.

Rojas steered his Honda Accord the wrong way up the sidewalk on Seventh Ave., and later admitted he wanted to "kill them all," referring to the pedestrians in his path, according to prosecutors.

Rojas told police he'd been smoking marijuana laced with the hallucinogen PCP when he sped down three blocks in Times Square, careening onto one of the busiest sidewalks in the popular New York City district until he crashed into steel security barriers.

The suspect, who suffered from "psychological issues", also told police he expected officers to shoot him, according to the source. The family had no comment Thursday.

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