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NY chaos as driver kills one, injures 22

‘RAMBLING’:The suspect, a US Navy veteran with a history of drunk driving, was under the influence of a drug at the time of his apprehension, police said

NY Times News Service, NEW YORK

Two officials said Rojas had tested negative for alcohol while one official said preliminary tests had indicated he was under the influence of PCP, a mood-altering drug.

Rojas eventually asked for a lawyer, ending the questioning, another official said.

Another witness, Magdy Tawfik, a hot-dog vendor who was working near the corner of 44th Street and Seventh Avenue, said he had seen the car hit three people around him.

“One of the girls who was hit must have been about 20,” Tawfik said. “She looked like my daughter. I couldn’t stop crying.”

He recounted the episode about a half-hour after it ended, the corner still a frantic scene of emergency workers, police officers in tactical gear and caution tape.

Rojas was taken to Bellevue Hospital for an evaluation before being discharged into police custody.

He was late on Thursday charged with one count of murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.

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