The 26-year-old man accused of plowing into pedestrians in New York’s Times Square, hitting and killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 others, has been indicted by a grand jury, according to the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
Richard Rojas was indicted Wednesday, though the charges will not be made public until his arraignment July 13 in Manhattan Supreme Court.
His attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.
Following the May 18 rampage, Rojas, a U.S. citizen and resident of the Bronx, was arrested on charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder. Police said Rojas was driving down Seventh Avenue in Manhattan when he made a sudden U-turn and started driving the wrong direction from 42nd to 45th Street “at a high rate of speed both on and off the sidewalk, striking numerous pedestrians,” according to the criminal complaint.
Authorities said Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old tourist from Portage, Mich., was struck and killed, and that her 13-year-old sister was injured.
People described the horror on social media, saying a car had driven onto a sidewalk in Times Square, mowed down pedestrians and crashed. Witnesses said the wounded were “laying on the sidewalks” and others were “screaming and running, the place is swarming with emergency vehicles and cops.” Those in the area were told to shelter in place while emergency crews swarmed the scene.
The vehicle sat smoldering, eerily tilted on one side, at the corner of 45th Street.
After Rojas crashed the vehicle, police said, he ran from the scene and said that he wanted to “kill them,” according to the court documents.
Police said Rojas had glassy eyes, was unsteady and slurring his speech. Court records state that Rojas told police that he had been smoking marijuana laced with the mood-altering drug PCP. Preliminary tests showed that Rojas was indeed under the influence of PCP at the time of the incident, according to news reports.
Rojas has a criminal history that includes two arrests for driving while intoxicated — once in 2008 and again in 2015, authorities said. He recently pleaded guilty to harassment after he was accused of pulling a kitchen knife on a notary at his home in the Bronx, according to the Associated Press. Prosecutors said he told the notary, “You’re trying to steal my identity,” according to the news agency.
Rojas does not have to enter a plea on the charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder until his arraignment in Manhattan next month.
When you’re a scion of one of Singapore’s wealthiest families, perhaps you’d think nothing about driving under the influence. For his third drink driving conviction, Howard Shaw of the prominent Shaw family was sentenced to eight weeks in prison and a $10,000 fine.The 46-year-old pleaded guilty to drunk driving in the wee hours of Jan 31 along Whitley Road with more than double the legal amount of alcohol in his blood, Channel NewsAsia reports. Along with the hefty fine and jail time, the grandson of Shaw cinemas founder, Runme Shaw, also received an eight-year ban from driving.The penalties aren’t new to the man, really. In 1997, he was slapped with a $3,000 fine and a two-year driving ban; while in 2006, Shaw was jailed for a week, fined $8,000, and disqualified from driving for four years.
A BEAR WALKS INTO A BAR…A bear walks into a bar and says to the bartender, “I’ll have a pint of beer and a………. packet of peanuts.”The bartender asks, “Why the big pause?”
Eric Jordan was handed a one-year sentence for driving under the influence and a one-year sentence for a DUI personal injury accident, according to a plea agreement dated May 12. The sentences, to be served concurrently, were deferred in favor of inpatient treatment.
Jordan also must pay restitution, which will be determined at a later date, according to court documents.
Jordan served as a Wagoner County assistant district attorney until he was fired in February after the incident.
Wagoner County First Assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp previously has said the person who was struck by Jordan declined medical treatment.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers took a report and arrested Jordan, booking him into the Wagoner city jail on Feb. 3. He was charged March 21.
Prosecution of Jordan’s case was handled by the Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office.
He got the message, but apparently only once it was too late. Police in northwest Florida say they charged a man with Driving Under the Influence after he crashed his car into a sheriff’s office vehicle that was being used to warn motorists against drink driving.
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said Paul Wilkins, 63, struck the cones at a traffic control point in Crystal River at 10 p.m. Saturday night.
He then slammed his car into a patrol car, pushing it 30 feet into another cruiser which was emblazoned with the slogan “a cop or a cab, you decide” ― the rear of which was made to look like a taxi.
“The irony!” the office wrote on Facebook.
Florida Highway Patrol officers arrested Wilkins. Deputies later transported him in the same anti-DUI vehicle to Citrus County Detention Facility.
A police officer was staking out a particularly rowdy bar for possible drunk drivers.At closing time, he saw a fellow stumble out of the bar, trip on the curb and try his keys on five different cars before he found his. Then he sat in the front seat fumbling around with his keys for several minutes.Everyone left the bar and drove off. Finally, he started his engine and began to pull away.The police officer was waiting for him. He stopped the driver, read him his rights and administered a Breathalyzer test. The results showed a reading of 0.0. The puzzled officer demanded to know how that could be.The driver replied, “Tonight, I’m the designated decoy.”
NEWTON, MA — There’s no doubt local police have to deal with a lot of different types of people and calls, including some very serious and sad ones. But a call that came into the Taunton Police yesterday about a unique car crash had them shaking their heads in disbelief as one twist lead to the next. No one was seriously injured, but it did lead to one arrest, one confiscation of a bearded lizard and one gun scare; so they posted about it on Facebook.
“It almost sounds like a comedy skit,” wrote one person in a comment under the post.
When Taunton Police arrived at the crash they saw a woman standing next to a 1999 Mercedes C280 tucked into some trees on a front lawn and a man in the driver seat attempting to get it back on the road.
“That may have been possible if all four tires hadn’t been flattened in the crash, if all the airbags hadn’t deployed and both bumpers hadn’t been ripped off,” said police on Facebook, one of a couple jabs they took at the situation.
When officers approached the woman, Amy Rebello-McCarthy, 39, of Newton, she began laughing. Police said she was slurring her words and at times drooling. But she asked them to call a tow truck to pull the car to the roadway so they could be on their way.
“Sorry Amy, we can’t move the car right now. If we do, what will you use to hold yourself up?,” wrote police.
Officers also spoke to the man who had been trying to get the car out from the trees. He couldn’t remember his name, and was also slurring, was smoking near the car, which was leaking gas by this time, and an officer noticed he had what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon tucked in the rear of his waistband.
“Let’s recap for just a moment!! Two very intoxicated people in a car crash, neither of them coherent, unsteady on their feet, slurring and drooling. If that’s not a bad start, let’s throw the gun into the equation,” police vented on Facebook.
Police arrested Amy Rebello-McCarthy and charged her with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, driving to endanger and a marked lane violation.
But before she was arrested she let police know she had a Bearded Dragon Lizard – in her bra.
“The Bearded Dragon Lizard was transferred to the Taunton Police Department and turned over to the Animal Control Officer. It faces no charges at this time,” wrote police. End Scene.