It has been revealed that the driver who plowed into a busy tourist spot in Time Square, NYC tested positive for the synthetic marijuana known as “K2”.
Police sources say 26-year-old Richard Rojas may have been high on synthetic marijuana when he plowed a car through crowded Times Square on Thursday afternoon. Rojas careened into several pedestrians and killed an 18-year-old tourist before crashing into security bollards.
Rojas was taken into custody after the crash that injured 22 people in addition to the teenager who was killed. Witnesses say they saw a man inside the vehicle crawl out and try to run away, but other pedestrians stopped him from fleeing.
According to HuffPost, Rojas, who is a U.S. Navy veteran and Bronx native who had several prior DUI arrests, tested positive for the banned synthetic drug K2.
The crash took place around noon on Seventh Avenue near West 43rd Street, a very busy area known to be packed with lunchtime crowds and tourists on a hot day.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was no indication the mayhem was an act of terrorism.
“Right now, it’s an isolated incident, but they’re still [taking] all precautionary measures,” NYPD spokeswoman Arlene Muniz told HuffPost.
18-year-old tourist, Alyssa Elsman, who was visiting from Michigan, was killed and her 13-year-old sister was injured.
Tiffany Wong, 23, was across the street when the crash occurred.
“It was unreal, I’m still trying to process,” Wong told HuffPost. “I saw the car go down the sidewalk across from me, then it was smoking and on fire. I saw one woman who was hit and on the ground. And that was after he hit a bunch of others.”
Check out some pictures from the horrific scene below.