The trial of the driver who fled the tourists to Times Square has begun

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A man driving a car that drove through crowds of pedestrians in New York’s Times Square, killing a woman and injuring 22 others, is finally on trial after various delays of five years, including closing the court due to a pandemic. Revelations are expected Monday at the trial of Richard Rojas, a 31-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who, after his arrest, told police he smoked marijuana with the PCP hallucinogenic drug before in 2017 disrupting helpless tourists at Manhattan’s world-famous landmark. . Alice Ellsman, an 18-year-old girl from Portage, Michigan, was killed in an annual family trip. Among the wounded was her 13-year-old sister Ava. Jessica Williams of Danelen, New Jersey, was so badly injured that her mother had to accept a high school diploma while she remained in the hospital. The trial of Rojas in Manhattan is expected to take several months. Prosecutors allege that on May 18, 2017, Rojas drove away from the Bronx, where he lived with his mother, through Times Square, then turned around, drove the car onto the sidewalk and roared along the sidewalk for three blocks before that. he crashed his car into protective barriers. Photographers took pictures of Rojas with wild eyes after he got out of the wrecked car and ran down the street, waving his arms. According to the National Center for Drug Intelligence, PCP, or phencyclidine, can cause delirium, violence, or suicide in users. According to prosecutors, Rojas said he wanted to “kill them all.” Rojas pleaded not guilty to trial in 2017 and has since been imprisoned in the infamous prison complex on Rickers Island in New York City. His lawyer then said it was a “terrible thing” in Times Square. “But the way we handle such cases will determine how civilized we are in society,” said defense attorney Enrico DeMarco. Rojas has several previous criminal cases that paint a picture of a troubled person. A few days before the incident in Times Square, he pleaded guilty to charges of harassment in the Bronx for pulling a knife at a notary in his home and accusing a man of trying to steal his identity. He also had two previous cases of driving under the influence of alcohol. Rojas was enlisted in the Navy in 2011 and part of 2012 served aboard the destroyer USS Carney. Rojas spent the last months in the Navy at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2012, he was arrested and charged with beating a taxi driver who he said did not respect him for trying to charge too much, according to the arrest warrant. The arresting officer said Rojas shouted, “My life is over!” as he was detained. After his arrest, Rojas told the officer he was going to kill all the police and military police he could see after he was released from prison, according to a report from Sheriff Jacksonville’s office. Alan Sebalas, a lawyer representing Rojas in the case, said the state charges had been dropped after the military entered jurisdiction over the criminal case. Navy documents show that in 2013, Rojas spent two months in a naval prison in Charleston, South Carolina. He was fired in 2014 as a result of a special military court, a Navy official said.

A man driving a car that drove through crowds of pedestrians in New York’s Times Square, killing a woman and injuring 22 others, is finally on trial after various delays of five years, including closing the courts due to the pandemic.

Introductory statements are expected Monday in the trial of Richard Rojas, a 31-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who, after his arrest, told police he smoked marijuana with the hallucinogenic drug PCP before sorting out helpless tourists in 2017 in Manhattan. known as the “crossroads of the world”.

Alice Ellsman, an 18-year-old girl from Portage, Michigan, was killed in an annual family trip. Among the wounded was her 13-year-old sister Ava. Jessica Williams of Danelen, New Jersey, was so badly injured that her mother had to accept a high school diploma while she remained in the hospital.

The trial of Rojas in Manhattan is expected to take several months.

Prosecutors allege that on May 18, 2017, Rojas drove away from the Bronx, where he lived with his mother, through Times Square, then turned around, drove the car onto the sidewalk and roared along the sidewalk for three blocks before that. he crashed into a car about protective barriers.

Photographers took pictures of Rojas with wild eyes after he got out of the wrecked car and ran down the street, waving his arms. According to the National Center for Drug Intelligence, PCP, or phencyclidine, can cause users to go crazy, violent, or commit suicide.

According to prosecutors, Rojas said he wanted to “kill them all.”

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Richard Rojas of the Bronx, New York, is appearing in the Manhattan Supreme Court during his indictment on Thursday, July 13, 2017, in New York City.

Rojas pleaded not guilty to the charges in 2017 and has since been jailed at the infamous prison complex on Rickers Island in New York City. His lawyer then said it was a “terrible thing” in Times Square.

“But the way we handle such cases will determine how civilized we are in society,” said lawyer Enrico DeMarco.

Rojas has had several previous criminal cases that paint a picture of a troubled person. A few days before the incident in Times Square, he pleaded guilty to charges of harassment in the Bronx for pulling a knife from a notary in his home and accusing a man of trying to steal his identity.

He had previously had two cases of driving while intoxicated.

Rojas was enlisted in the Navy in 2011 and part of 2012 served aboard the destroyer USS Carney. Rojas spent the last months in the Navy at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.

In 2012, he was arrested and charged with beating a taxi driver who, he said, disrespected him, tried to charge too much, according to the arrest report. The arresting officer said Rojas shouted, “My life is over!” as he was detained. After the arrest, Rojas told the officer that he was going to kill all the police and military police he could see after his release from prison, according to a report by Sheriff Jacksonville.

Alan Sebalas, a lawyer representing Rojas in the case, said the state’s charges were dropped after the military entered the jurisdiction of the criminal case. Navy documents show that in 2013, Rojas spent two months in a naval prison in Charleston, South Carolina. He was fired in 2014 as a result of a special military court, a Navy official said.

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