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Fri May 19, 2017, 03:02 AM

Times Square car crash driver Richard Rojas 'heard voices'

Source: BBC

A man who drove a car along three blocks of pavement in New York's Times Square, killing a teenager and injuring 22 people, said he had "heard voices", according to law enforcement sources.

Richard Rojas, 26, a US navy veteran who was arrested twice previously for drunk driving, is now in custody.

He also said he expected to die, the sources told AP news agency.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39971309

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Reply Times Square car crash driver Richard Rojas 'heard voices' (Original post)
C Moon May 2017 OP
Princess Turandot May 2017 #1
Bernardo de La Paz May 2017 #2
Honeycombe8 May 2017 #3
muriel_volestrangler May 2017 #5
tblue37 May 2017 #8
forgotmylogin May 2017 #6
Mosby May 2017 #11
Ilsa May 2017 #4
targetpractice May 2017 #9
Ilsa May 2017 #10
SunSeeker May 2017 #7

Response to C Moon (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 04:50 AM

1. He was flying on something...

he had been driving down 7th Avenue, a one-way south bound street. When he reached 42nd Street, he inexplicably made a U-turn in the intersection, and started back up 7th, but on the sidewalk.



This happened just before noon. Ten minutes later, there would have people streaming out of area office buildings going to lunch. Even more people likely would have been hurt.

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Response to C Moon (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 07:03 AM

2. Lack of adequate health care. PTSD? Pre-existing condition? . . . nt

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Response to C Moon (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 08:28 AM

3. What I read, he was intoxicated. Yeah, I'd say I heard voices, too, prepping for an insanity plea.

This sorry excuse for a human being needs to be locked up for the rest of his life. He's a habitual drunk who was foreseeably going to kill someone.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #3)

Fri May 19, 2017, 08:41 AM

5. It's way beyond just being drunk

This wasn't loss of control or judgement; this was killing on purpose. He did a U turn and drove the wrong way for 3 blocks. He meant to carry on hitting people.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #5)

Fri May 19, 2017, 02:36 PM

8. He also, according to reports, demanded that the cops shoot him, yelling that he meant to kill those

people. It sounds like suicide by cop + wanting to go out with a bang and become famous for it.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #3)

Fri May 19, 2017, 11:13 AM

6. And he has priors.

He's going to jail or a medical facility.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #3)

Fri May 19, 2017, 05:10 PM

11. I read he smoked some pcp.

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Response to C Moon (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 08:30 AM

4. PTSD and use of alcohol to cope?

Lack of sleep can cause one to hear voices, hallucinate.

This is so tragic. So many people hurt, and one killed.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #4)

Fri May 19, 2017, 03:08 PM

9. Many PTSD cases are undiagnosed Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries...

New research shows the sonic blast wave from IEDs can cause micro-injuries in the brain.

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/10/us/ptsd-blast-waves-research.html?_r=0

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Response to targetpractice (Reply #9)

Fri May 19, 2017, 03:09 PM

10. Sounds right and applicable. nt

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Response to C Moon (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 12:33 PM

7. Such a disappointment for SHARTUS! He was SO hoping this was a terrorist.

Alas, he was just another veteran we let languish without adequate mental health care.

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