Cana­dian con­nec­tion

Cana­dian in­jured in Times Square car at­tack in ‘very crit­i­cal’ con­di­tion: po­lice

Cape Breton Post - - World -

New York City po­lice say a Cana­dian woman re­mains in very crit­i­cal con­di­tion a day af­ter a speed­ing car slammed into pedes­tri­ans in Times Square in what au­thor­i­ties said was a de­lib­er­ate at­tack.

As­sis­tant chief Wil­liam Aubry says the 38-year-old woman is among seven peo­ple still in hospi­tal fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent in which a teenage tourist was killed and al­most two dozen other peo­ple in­jured.

Au­thor­i­ties have pro­vided no fur­ther de­tails about the Cana­dian.

Aubry says three oth­ers re­main in crit­i­cal con­di­tion with head in­juries, while a fourth per­son was be­ing treated for a col­lapsed lung and bro­ken pelvis.

A pros­e­cu­tor says the driver, who faces felony mur­der charges for plow­ing into the pedes­tri­ans on the side­walks, told au­thor­i­ties he wanted to “kill them all” and that po­lice should have shot him to stop him.

Po­lice say the man, Richard Ro­jas, 26, also told re­spond­ing of­fi­cers Thurs­day af­ter he crashed his Honda Ac­cord into pro­tec­tive bar­ri­ers that he had smoked mar­i­juana laced with PCP - also known as an­gel dust.

Of­fi­cials were await­ing tox­i­col­ogy re­sults, though po­lice said Ro­jas “had glassy eyes, slurred speech, and was un­steady,” dur­ing his ar­rest, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint.

Ro­jas, wear­ing the same red T-shirt and jeans he was wear­ing when he was ar­rested, ap­peared sub­dued dur­ing a brief court ap­pear­ance Fri­day where pros­e­cu­tors de­tailed a felony mur­der charge. He didn’t en­ter a plea.

His lawyer and weep­ing sup­port­ers had no com­ment. He’s due back in court next week.

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