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Times Square driver told cops he wanted to 'kill them all'

20 May 2017, 02:41 | Nichole Osborne

Times Square driver told cops he wanted to 'kill them all'

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A wrong-way driver plowed into pedestrians in the heart of Manhattan's bustling Times Square district minutes before noon on Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring almost two dozen others, city officials said.

According to police reports, Rojas drove a Honda at a high rate of speed from West 42nd Street to West 45th Street, where he crashed into a metal stanchion, causing the vehicle to catch fire.

Rojas initially tested negative for alcohol, but more detailed drug tests are pending, according to officials.

"He murdered in cold blood", assistant district attorney Harrison Schweiloch said.

An 18-year-old woman who was visiting New York with her mother and sister from Kalamazoo, Michigan was killed, and four other people were critically injured, according to the New York Times.

Image: Alyssa Elsman was killed by a auto in Times Square.

In total 19 people were hospitalized, one was treated at the scene, seven were admitted, three were in critical condition, and a 38 -year-old woman from Canada was in very critical condition.

Rojas was due to appear in Manhattan's criminal court on Friday to be arraigned on one count of second-degree murder, five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and 20 counts of attempted murder. He has not yet entered a plea. His family and friends who attended the hearing cried outside court and didn't speak to reporters.

Rojas drove his Honda Accord, smashing into pedestrians after mounting the sidewalk for three blocks at high speed, before colliding with a metal pole and came to a stop, police said.

Deputy Chief William Aubry, who commands Manhattan detectives, said at a news conference on Friday that he could not comment on the department's role in the design process.

Ken Bradix has been a bouncer at Planet Hollywood for 17 years.

A picture has emerged of Rojas from neighbours and authorities as a man with problems.

Rojas was most recently arrested on a menacing charge last week for allegedly pulling a knife on an acquaintance in the Bronx.

"You're trying to steal my identity", he said, according to prosecutors.

He pleaded guilty to an infraction in 2015 and was ordered to complete a drunken-driving program and lost his license for 90 days.

Rojas enlisted in 2011 and served aboard the U.S.S. In 2012, he was accused of beating a cab driver in Jacksonville, Florida, at a naval station.

They said he also told police they should have shot him.

Police said Rojas was evidently intoxicated on Thursday.

Navy records also show he spent two months at a naval brig in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2013.

The man who ran over pedestrians with his vehicle in Times Square on May 18 was reportedly "hearing voices".

Smoke was coming out of the car's hood and the vehicle was slightly overturned on a barrier at a sidewalk in Times Square.

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