A Connecticut teacher says it was a “chaotic” scene in Times Square on Thursday afternoon, when a car jumped the sidewalk and slammed into a crowd of pedestrians.
“I’ve seen a lot of crazy things – I grew up in New York, I did school in New York - but I’ve never seen anything as crazy as that,” Susan Humanick said.
Humanick told WOR’s “Len Berman and Todd Schnitt in the Morning” that she was on a field trip with a group of students to see a 2 o’clock showing of “The Phantom of the Opera.” They had gotten off the bus only minutes before the incident happened.
“We heard the car – it sounded like he accelerated – and then we just saw him on the other side of the road, kind of like on the sidewalk, and he just crashed,” Humanick said.
She described how the driver ran from the vehicle and then got tackled by New Yorkers. Humanick said punches were thrown as they tried to subdue the suspect, 26-year-old Richard Rojas.
“I saw a lot of punching going on, because we couldn’t tell who was who at first, because it was mayhem. He ran across and then they just started tussling on the ground,” Humanick said.
One person was killed and 22 others were injured in the incident.