Karla BarguiarenaMay 19, 2017, 7:01 pm

Times Square driver appears in court after pedestrian rampage

Surveillance videos are piecing together the incident, as the "crazed" Richard Rojas did not enter a plea

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Richard Rojas appeared in court Friday, about 24 hours after police say he deliberately pulled a U-turn in Times Square and started plowing down pedestrians.

"He waited for those cars to pass, and he accelerated, striking down these pedestrians,” said Assistant Chief Bill Aubrey of the NYPD. That goes to his state of mind and motivation.”

Surveillance videos are now piecing together a timeline of the incident. Investigators say Rojas left his house at 10:30 a.m. and drove straight to Times Square.

18-year-old Alyssa Ellman and her 13-year-old sister were among the first victims. Alyssa did not survive, and her sister now in the hospital with a collapsed lung.

One bystander witnessed the chaos, recalling “The screaming and hearing the engine revving; it was just all so quick. Because before the screams, came the revving, and then the impact.”

Witnesses described Rojas him as "crazed". He told police he smoked marijuana laced with PCP.

Extra concrete barricades are now in place on several blocks, where police say Rojas kept accelerating until he crashed.

“He actually goes underneath the scaffolding. Parts of his car, the side view mirror, license plates are falling off as he’s striking these pedestrians,” added Chief Aubrey. “People are being dragged. They're on top of the car.”

In court on Friday, Rojas did not enter a plea and is being held without bail.



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