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Times Square Crash Driver: “I Wanted to Fix My Life”

22 May 2017 12:59 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Last Thursday, Richard Rojas, drove his Honda Accord onto a sidewalk in Times Square leaving 18-year-old tourist Alyssa Elsman dead and 22 others injured. After being arrested, the 26-year-old told investigators that he was on Pcp-laced marijuana during the three-block rampage.

The former Navyman is now reflecting on his mental health while in jail. “I’m not completely sure what’s wrong with me,’’ he told The Post in a jailhouse interview. “I was trying to get help. I wanted to fix my life. I wanted to get a job. Get a girlfriend.”

Rojas, who was charged with second-degree murder, says »

- Thatiana Diaz

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Michigan Father Leaves Heartbreaking Letter in Times Square for Slain Daughter: ‘I Have a Hole in My Heart’

22 May 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A heartrending letter, written by the grieving father of the 18-year-old Michigan woman killed last week by a motorist who allegedly sped down the sidewalk in the heart of New York’s Times Square, has appeared at a makeshift memorial at the very spot where his daughter lost her life.

“There no words that can express our gratitude with the outpouring of love and support this city has shown us,” Thomas Elsman, the father of slain tourist Alyssa Elsman, wrote in the letter, which was framed and placed at the center of the memorial.

“Your condolences have been sincere and have been taken to heart. »

- Chris Harris

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Times Square Crash Driver Charged with Murder, Allegedly ‘Alluded to Suicide by Cop’: Source

19 May 2017 8:07 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The driver of the car that crashed into a crowd in New York City’s Times Square on Thursday, killing one person and injuring 22 others, has been charged with second-degree murder, People confirms.

Richard Rojas, 26, also appeared “emotionally disturbed” in his statements to police officers, an N.Y.C. Police Department source alleges.

According to the source, Rojas was allegedly under the influence of synthetic marijuana at the time of the crash, and he later “alluded to suicide by cop” and “the end of days” and said he’d experienced hallucinations.

A police spokesman confirms that, based on his statements to police and preliminary testing, »

- Greg Hanlon and Harriet Sokmensuer

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Teen Tourist’s Stunned Family Shares Heartbreak After She Dies in Times Square Crash That Injured 22

18 May 2017 2:49 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The death of 18-year-old tourist Alyssa Elsman, who authorities say was hit by a car in Times Square on Thursday along with nearly two dozen other pedestrians, has stunned her family.

“We’re shocked,” says one relative, who asked to remain unidentified. “I mean, at first we didn’t believe this was all real until I got online and looked up.”

Elsman’s family tells People she, her 13-year-old sister and their mother were walking through the bustling tourist destination at the heart of New York City shortly before noon when a 2009 Honda Accord mounted the sidewalk and struck the siblings and 21 others. »

- Harriet Sokmensuer

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