Video shows car striking pedestrians in Times Square & take down of suspect – 1 dead, 22 hurt

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Police said the Bronx man who drove his car down a crowded sidewalk in Times Square Thursday was apparently high on synthetic marijuana.

Law enforcement sources told Eyewitness News 26-year-old Richard Rojas appeared extremely impaired after the crash. It’s believed he had been smoking the drug, also known as K2, prior to the crash that killed a tourist and injured 22 others.

Initial tests have come back negative for alcohol but positive for drugs. Blood tests are underway to check for the presence of synthetic marijuana or PCP among other substances.

The New York Post:

An 18-year-old girl was killed and her younger sister injured when an out-of-control, wrong-way driver plowed into a crowd of pedestrians on the sidewalk in the heart of Times Square on Thursday, police officials said.

The Michigan tourist, identified by sources as Alyssa Elsman, was visiting the Big Apple with her family, including her 13-year-old sister, when the speeding car, driven by Richard Rojas, 26, slammed into them and nearly two dozen others as he floored it up to West 45th Street just before noon.

The teen from Portage, Michigan, was also on vacation with her friend and her mother, her devastated boyfriend Trevor West told The Post.

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