Elsman and her 13-year-old sister both on the sidewalk when the speeding vehicle crashed into them and at least 20 others.
CITY, New York- A terrifying and deadly scene in one of the most popular tourist destinations in New York City Thursday afternoon: a auto plowed into a crowd of people in Times Square.
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Law enforcement officials say a man accused of steering his auto onto one of the busiest sidewalks in the USA and mowing down pedestrians for three blocks told police he was "hearing voices".
Witnesses said Richard Rojas, 26, steered his vehicle on to packed pavements near one of New York's most iconic landmarks and drove at high speed for three blocks, killing an 18-year-old tourist and injuring 22 others.
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A 26-year-old Navy vet, Richard Rojas, is under arrest. Four of them remain in critical condition, suffering from various traumatic injuries, including open fractures.
After hitting the barricade, Rojas jumped out and began running, yelling and jumping before police and bystanders wrestled him to the ground.
Rojas is to be arraigned Friday.
Police said the driver is in custody and this is believed to be an isolated incident.
Only a week ago, Rojas was arrested at his apartment in the Bronx for threatening another man with a knife.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stressed that there was no indication the incident was an act of terror. He's had multiple arrests, including two for driving while intoxicated. Details of the circumstances were not immediately available. He also said "It is a tough day for New York City but as usual the people of New York City will stand firm and will be resilient" before terming the accident as "horrific". She graduated from Portage Central High School previous year, the Detroit Free Press reported. "But if you could talk to her for a minute, you'd realize she was engaging".
An 18-year-old female tourist's body lay covered with a bloodstained blanket while a police officer kept vigil nearby.