The suspect who killed an 18-year-old woman in Times Square on Thursday after be plowed into a crowded sidewalk during lunch hour was reportedly high on synthetic marijuana at the time.
According to ABC News, law enforcement sources said that Richard Rojas is believed to have smoked the synthetic marijuana drug K2 before the deadly crash, which caused nearly two dozen injuries in addition to the fatality.
The deceased victim has been identified as Alyssa Elsman, 18, of Michigan. According to the New York Post, Elsman was visiting New York City with her family, and was with her 13-year-old sister when the suspect plowed into them, also injuring the younger girl.
Police reportedly did not find alcohol in Rojas’s system when they gave him a breathalyzer test. They are awaiting further blood tests results for multiple drugs, including PCP.
Police sources also told ABC News they had found indications that Rojas was interested in Scientology. He also reportedly told police the end of the world is coming.
The New York Posts reports that New York City major Bill de Blasio visited families of crash victims who were taken to Bellevue Hospital.
“You are going to have to be strong now,” he reportedly said to them.