In the middle of the populated and noisy streets of Times Square a drunk driver named Richard Rojas broke yesterday the daily routine.
Rojas, aged 26, and a US Navy veteran who was arrested twice previously for drink-driving, is now in custody.
But he is responsible for a teenager death and injured 22 people walking on the sidewalks.
He said he “heard voices” and that he “expected to die”. The incident remembered recent terrorist attacks by vehicles in London, Nice and Berlin but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was “no indication” it was an act of terrorism.
Although there are no reasons to justify this violent act that took an inocent life and injured some other people, can we think always about terrorism when this case is related to drug abuse and mental illness?
Mr Rojas has been charged with murder in the second-degree, 20 counts of attempted murder, and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide. He is expected to appear in court later on Friday.