The maniac driver who mowed down pedestrians in Times Square knew that he was losing his marbles in the weeks prior to his senseless rampage, he told The Post during an exclusive jailhouse interview on Saturday.
“I tried to get help,” a tearful Richard Rojas claimed from Rikers Island. “I wanted to fix my life. I wanted to get a job. For a friend of mine.”
He insisted he spoke recently to a mental health counselor at a local veteran’s center.
“He said he would call me on Monday…Monday has not come yet.”
Do not get the help that he claimed to have, the 26-year-old ex-Navyman climbed into his maroon Honda Accord last Thursday and unleashed carnage at the Crossroads of the World, the murder of an 18-year-old tourist and seriously wounding 22 others.
He rode to the south along Seventh Avenue, and just before noon, suddenly made a U-turn at West 42nd Street, then sped north in the wrong direction, drive along three blocks of pedestrian-clogged sidewalk, slamming into anyone who gets in the way.
The vehicle struck a stand and turned on its side. Rojas, allegedly high on PCP-laced marijuana, emerged from the driver’s seat.
But he was still not ready. With outstretched arms, he ran from the wrecked car and wild brought the amazed crowd, before finally being subdued.
On his first morning in prison, he said he could not remember anything about the horror he wrought. Wearing a prison-issue grey jumpsuit with a white t-shirt underneath, he spoke deliberately, sometimes staring into the space.
Now on suicide watch, Rojas faces second-degree murder charges for the killing of Alyssa Elsman, 18, Michigan, and 20 counts of attempted murder for his other victims, including four that are critically hurt.
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