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Drugs: The Dark Side - Unit 8 - Synthetic Drugs

Richard Rojas was high on Synthetic Marijuana when he drove his car into a crowd at Time's Square. He would tell police that he wanted to kill everyone.

The incident resulted in the death of 18year old Alyssa Elsman and injuries to 22 others, including Alyssa's sister.


In June 2022, Rojas was found "not responsible" for his actions by a Manhattan jury, after his lawyers argued he didn't know what he was doing.

One question which naturally arises from this decision is whether or not it sets a concerning precedent for those who commit violent acts whilst under the influence of drugs!

Click here to read the The New York Post's report on the hearing.

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