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    Driver in Deadly Times Square Crash Wanted to 'Get Help' to Fix Life

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    Richard Rojas, the driver who rammed into a crowd in New York City was aware of his mental health problems and wanted to get help, according to the man's jailhouse interview with New York Post.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, Rojas driving a car slammed into a crowd in New York City's Times Square, killing one person and wounding 22 others.

    "I was trying to get help. I wanted to fix my life. I wanted to get a job. Get a girlfriend," Rojas said.

    The ex-Navy soldier explained that he had recently asked for help from a mental health counselor at a local veteran’s center but had not received it. Waking up in jail after the attack, Rojas said he could not remember anything about what he did, according to the outlet.

    "I just want to apologize to all the victims’ families… I want to apologize to my mom," Rojas said adding he was "shocked, confused and hungry."

    Rojas, 26, was taken into custody shortly after the incident. On Friday, the man said to police that he had been drugged when he carried out the attack.

    According to New York Police Department (NYPD), Rojas was charged with murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.


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