Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host
The New York Police Department (NYPD) would like you to be reassured that the horrific incident was not Islamic terrorism targeting Times Square. The driver, Richard Rojas, has a history of driving while intoxicated. The incident in question had Rojas driving through a crowd of people, killing an 18 year old girl, and injuring 22 others, before slamming into steel barriers.
The car had also been struck, prior to the melee, by another vehicle.
Rojas, a resident of the Bronx, is in custody and is being tested for drugs and alcohol.
Rojas is a US citizen and a former member of the US Navy.
“As he approaches 42nd Street, he makes a quick u-turn, proceeds on west side sidewalk for 3 and half blocks where he hits a stanchion,” said NYPD Chief Of Manhattan Detectives William Aubry.
“The driver tried to run from the scene and the bouncer from Planet Hollywood hit him, so we jumped on top of him and ripped his shirt, wanted to make sure he had no gun or knife on him,” a tour bus ticket agent told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell. “I see the car coming in fast, no brake, no nothing. Bang! Before I realized it there’s fire on the car… my co-worker jumped from the scene. I don’t smell alcohol because he turned around and we saw his face. He said to make him loose. … Anything happens here there’s no time for people to react.”
“Traffic in the area is an absolute nightmare, they’ve got the whole vicinity blocked off. Buildings have been evacuated and Times Square is pretty much under lockdown, Gainer reported.
The White House is aware of the situation.
After visiting New York City in 2002, I used to joke that the reason New Yorkers always seem to be angry, and they shout, and scream, and shake their fists, is because they have to be pedestrians and drivers in that mess.
The mess just got more frightening.
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