“We’re just, we’re devastated,” Alyssa’s father, Tom Elsman, said. “There’s no other words for it.”
Meanwhile, the community of Dunellen, New Jersey is home to two of the surviving victims — high school students Jessica Williams, 19, who was critically hurt and her classmate, Destiny Lightfoot who is now home from the hospital recovering from broken bones and other injuries.
“We are small town and out of anyone in Times Square, we didn’t think our friends, our classmates would’ve gotten hit by that car,” said resident Nick Herbig.
The man investigators say is responsible is 26-year-old Richard Rojas, who is facing charges including second-degree murder and 20 counts of attempted murder.
Rojas, who authorities said tested positive for marijuana and PCP, spoke exclusively with the New York Post from his Rikers Island jail cell, telling the paper he has no recollection of the crash.
“The last thing I remember is driving my car,” he said. “Then, I woke up in the precinct. I was terrified.”