US Navy veteran Richard Rojas is reported to have been high on a Spice-like zombie drug when he raged at police: "You were supposed to shoot me! I wanted to kill them." The 26-year-old Bronx resident left a trail of death and destruction after his car ploughed through pedestrians yesterday afternoon. Heroic New Yorkers - including a Planet Hollywood worker and a Broadway ticket seller - tackled Rojas with little regard for their own safety.
Rojas's first victim has since been named as 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman - a young student in the Big Apple on holiday with her family. Her killer, who it is reported had previous brushes with the law over drink-driving, has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, 20 counts of attempted murder, and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.