An arrest report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Rojas yelled at an officer, "My life is over", and threatened to kill police after his release from jail.
Officers there told her there was an "unknown speeding vehicle", Sciutto said. Bradix and a sightseeing ticket seller wrestled the fleeing suspect to the ground before police took over. The New York Times reports that he asked for a lawyer, but information about his attorney was unavailable Friday morning.
Rojas is a veteran who served in the Navy from 2011 to 2014, sources said. However, details of the case were not immediately available.
The 18-year-old sustained critical injures and died on the scene.
The driver who hit the pedestrians, 26-year-old Richard Rojas, was arrested.
Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval prison in Charleston, South Carolina. They do not indicate why.
The pedestrian who was killed, an 18-year-old woman, was a tourist from MI, authorities said.
Rojas swung a wild U-turn at 42nd Street in bustling Times Square, hopped the curb, and then proceeded to mow down pedestrians while traveling back up Seventh Avenue - against traffic.
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Photos on social media show a damaged auto propped up against a light standard as emergency personnel gathered and dozens of people watched. Elsman's 13-year-old sister was also hit.
They said he had been arrested twice for drunken driving in 2008 and 2015, and once earlier this month for menacing.
With peak tourist season beginning in NY with the advent of summers, the already crowded Times Square will see hundreds of thousands of visitors from all across the world.
Other friends say he was having money troubles.
The picture that quickly emerged of Rojas from neighbours and authorities was of a man with problems. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.
"If you didn't know her, you might think she's reserved or shy", school principal Eric Alburtus said.
He also said he expected to die, the sources told AP news agency. Police do not suspect a link to terrorism and the driv.
The driver who slammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians, killing a young woman and injuring almost two dozen other people in Times Square Thursday has been charged with a litany of crimes, including murder, police say.
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CBS2 learned investigators took Rojas' mother away for questioning. Authorities reported another 22 people were injured, but police revised the total to 20 on Friday.
Brooklyn resident Asa (AY-suh) Lowe was standing outside the Levi's store enjoying the weather when he heard screaming around midday Thursday.
Cheryl Howard and her daughter were out shopping when the auto sped down the sidewalk.
A tourist from Argentina told CNN affiliate WABC that he was shocked to see the vehicle that "was like bowling, hitting people".
Beekharry said the auto crashed into a pole and the pole fell onto Henry.
People rushed to help the injured, who were lying on the sidewalk.
The White House says that President Trump has been "made aware" of what has happened.
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