The above Instagram boomerang video was taken at approximately 11.30am – a mere 45 minutes before the collision claimed her life. Elsman, a graduate of Portage Northern High School, Michigan, was with her 13-year-old sister at the time. She was among the people who were struck but survived. Another Instagram post from 2016 also shows her sightseeing in Times Square, and many people have commented on the tragedy on Elsman’s Instagram account.
Elsman’s boyfriend Trevor West has shared his feelings of grief and turmoil in a recent interview with the New York Post, in which he stated: “She would always text me back as quick as she could, and when I didn’t hear from her or her friend I knew something horrible happened.”
West added: “She motivated me, loved me, gave me everything I needed that I couldn’t give myself. And now that she’s gone, I don’t know how I’m going to fill that void. I don’t know how I’m going to function without her ever again”.
On Twitter, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio reflected on the tragedy, stating: “This is a tough day for New York City, but I want to thank our first responders who got here so quickly. We feel deeply for those injured and particularly for the family of the young woman who was lost. Our prayers are with all of them”.
We may never know exactly what motivated Rojas to commit these acts of vehicular homicide, other than psychosis brought on by the influence of heavy narcotics. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by this incident, as well as their families and friends.