Times Square driver says he tried to get mental help

2017-05-22 09:10
Richard Rojas appears for his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York. (Jefferson Siegel, The Daily News via AP, Pool)

Richard Rojas appears for his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York. (Jefferson Siegel, The Daily News via AP, Pool)

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New York - A man accused of mowing down pedestrians in Times Square, killing a teenage Michigan tourist and injuring 22 others, says he had been trying to get psychiatric help.

In a jailhouse interview on Saturday, Richard Rojas told the New York Post that he recently spoke to a mental health counsellor at a local veteran's centre, but they never got back to him.

The 26-year-old Rojas says the last thing he remembered on Thursday was driving his car. He says he then woke up in the police precinct "terrified". Rojas also apologised to the victims' families and to his mom.

At a court appearance on Friday, prosecutors say Rojas admitted to smoking marijuana laced with PCP sometime before the crash. Officials are awaiting toxicology reports.


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