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Alyssa Elsman, 18, killed, many pedestrians injured when driver Richard Rojas, 26, intentionally crashes into crowd at 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue in Times Square in New York City, New York
According to CBS New York, at least 10 people were reportedly hit by a red Honda before it crashed into steel barriers at 45th Street and 7th Avenue.
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, according to a criminal complaint.
The city is responding after the mental health of the man accused of driving a car into pedestrians in Times Square Thursday comes under the spotlight.
The Gofundme site was set up by members of the Elsman family to raise money to help the teens' parents "as they deal with the tragic death of their daughter, Alyssa, in Times Square in NYC on May 18. The funds would also be used to help pay for Ava's medical bills and other costs."
Jessica Williams, a 19-year-old senior from Dunellen High School seriously injured in last week’s Times Square crash in which a deranged motorist plowed through a crowd, killing one person and injuring 20 others, is hospitalized in critical condition, according to an online fundraising page her cousin, Nicole Guild, created.
As the NYPD continues to work with the Manhattan district attorney's office to determine Rojas' mental health and whether he was on drugs at the time of the incident, Rojas said he tried to seek help in the days before the deadly crash.
‘Numb. There’s no words. I want to scream,’ Elsman told Fox 5. ‘I want to not be here. But I have other kids, I know I have to be strong in this.’
Williams's cousin, Nicole Guild, set up a GoFundMe page for her recovery. "She is currently in critical condition with many surgeries and a long road to recovery ahead of her," the page says.
Meantime, Lightfoot "broke her tibia in her left leg and has received a titanium rod and screws to support her leg and a muscle fracture in her right foot," according to the GoFundMe page set up for her medical expenses.