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Times Square crash: 5 still in the hospital, but toe goes home

NEW YORK – A New Jersey high school and another person mowed down by a driver on a Times Square sidewalk are released from the hospital Tuesday, but in four other victims are still in the hospital, the school and the hospital, the officials said.

The patients are one of the New Jersey student’s own classmates.

A Michigan teen was killed and 22 other people were injured when a driver who told the police that he was high on drugs plowed through a pedestrian-packed sidewalk for three blocks Thursday for hitting a barrier.

Among the injured were Destination Lightfoot and Jessica Williams, both for the students one month after his graduation from the New Jersey Dunellen high school.

Lightfoot was released Tuesday morning from Bellevue Hospital, Dunellen Public Schools Superintendent Gene Mosley said. Meanwhile, Mount Sinai Health said that it released its last patient from the crash Tuesday afternoon.

Williams remained in the hospital after surgery on her legs Monday, Mosley said.

Family members of the students could not immediately be reached.

Bellevue said that the sequel for the care of the five victims in total, with one in critical condition and another in serious condition. The hospital does not release their names or details of their injuries, but prosecutors have said the victims sustained head injuries, a collapsed lung and a broken pelvis.

The impact killed Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old from Portage, Michigan, wounded and her 13-year-old sister, Ava. A barricade at the site of the crash has become a makeshift memorial for Alyssa, decorated with flowers, pictures and handwritten messages.

“This city is the outpouring is unbelievable,” her father, Thomas Elsman, ” he wrote on Facebook Tuesday.

The driver in the crash, Richard Rojas, 26, said the police after his arrest that he had been smoking marijuana laced with the hallucinogenic drug PCP, according to a criminal complaint. He said that he wanted to “kill them all” and the police should have shot him to stop, prosecutors said.

Charged with murder and attempted murder, Rojas not in an argument. He told the New York Post in a jail interview on Saturday that he had recently sought psychiatric help, and that is the last thing he remembers Thursday is driving his car for the waking up in a police district.

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