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Richard Rojas

Richard Rojas is an American resident of Bronx, New York[1]

Rojas in custody


Personal Life

He is an ex-military veteran with a history of drunk driving arrests. [4][1]



On May 18, 2017, Rojas killed Alyssa Elsman and injured 19 others when he struck pedestrians in Manhattan's Times Square[4][1]


Rojas with his hands in the air

He had been smoking Synthetic marijuana before the incident occurred. [4][8] He drove down 7th Avenue when he made a U-turn onto the west sidewalk. [4][8][22]


The car then drove up the sidewalk for three and a half blocks, striking the 23 victims before crashing into a stanchion near the corner of 45th Street and Broadway. [4][8]  


Rojas attempted to flee police after the crash, before being grabbed and bundled into a cop car by several officers of the New York Police Department[4][8]


He also got into a fistfight with an officer as they attempted to arrest him. [4][1]


Synthetic marijuana

A blood test was conducted for Richard's levels of toxicity. The results found that he has tested positive for the synthetic marijuana drug, K2. [22]



Previous Arrests

Rojas has two DWIs to his name from earlier arrests. [4][1]  In one of those two incidents he drove at 99mph in a 50mph zone. He has also had his license suspended multiple times. [8]