“He’s just rambling and saying crazy stuff,” said one of officials, adding that Mr. Rojas had talked of hearing voices and having hallucinations.
“He started trying to run away,” said Asa Lowe, 42, who had been walking on Seventh Avenue.
Mr. Rojas offered alternate explanations for the episode to investigators, according to the law enforcement officials, who said that investigators had not come to any immediate conclusions.
A security guard at a building at 44th Street and Seventh Avenue said he had watched through the lobby windows as the Honda sped past and drove over a woman.
Mr. Rojas appeared to be under the influence of drugs when he mowed down the crowds, according to several law enforcement officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a continuing investigation.
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Law enforcement sources say Rojas appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he was taken into custody.
An 18-year-old woman was killed and 22 people were injured as a car drove into pedestrians in Times Square on Thursday.
Law enforcement sources say Rojas told police he heard voices.
Sources say he blew a 0.0 when tested for alcohol at the precinct he was brought to for questioning.
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Car Rams Into Pedestrians in NYC’s Times Square, Killing at Least 1
Fire and emergency crews surrounded the chaotic crash site in Times Square, which is typically swamped by tourists and office workers.
“Today’s events at Times Square were nothing short of horrific,” he said in a statement.
She was killed when a driver struck several pedestrians in Times Square on May 18, 2017.
Richard Rojas, the suspect charged in the fatal driving incident in Times Square Thursday, is seen in a 2012 booking photo in Jacksonville, Florida.
NEW YORK — A wrong-way driver plowed into pedestrians in the heart of Manhattan’s bustling Times Square district minutes before noon Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring nearly two dozen others, city officials said.