Rochester car crash: potential terrorism link under investigation

The tragic incident involving the death of two individuals after an automobile crash in Rochester, New York, has been making the rounds on the internet. The unfortunate event is currently being investigated under the lens of potential terrorism by local authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Despite the severity of the incident, no evidence suggesting the motivation behind the suspect’s actions was fuelled by political or societal bias, as stated by David M. Smith, Rochester’s chief of police. The suspect, unfortunately, also lost his life in the crash. FBI Special Agent Jeremy Bell echoed Smith’s sentiments, indicating that there has been no connection established between the incident and terrorist activities. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is currently probing the case.

The horrific automobile accident took place outside a concert venue in upstate New York, leaving two individuals dead and several others injured. The car, laden with gasoline canisters, ploughed into a crowd exiting a concert in Rochester early Monday morning. Michael Avery of Syracuse, New York, is being named as a suspect in the incident according to sources close to the investigation.

Authorities have reportedly found an alleged suicide note and a journal belonging to Avery and have also conducted interviews with his family members. The incident, which occurred just an hour into the New Year, is being viewed as a potential act of domestic terrorism. The accident occurred around 12:50 a.m. ET outside the Kodak Center in Rochester, where more than a thousand people were leaving after a New Year’s Eve performance by the jazz group Moe.

Rochester Police Chief David Smith shared the details of the accident at a press conference on Monday. A Ford Expedition collided with a Mitsubishi Outlander exiting a nearby parking lot. The collision led to both vehicles hitting other cars and a group of pedestrians before bursting into flames, causing a significant fire that took over an hour for firefighters to extinguish.

The two individuals in the Mitsubishi Outlander tragically lost their lives in the incident. The driver of the Ford Expedition was rushed to a nearby hospital with potentially fatal injuries. Police discovered at least twelve gas canisters in and around the Ford Expedition.

Rochester’s Mayor, Malik Evans, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims during the press conference and offered prayers for the injured and deceased. The band Moe also released a statement expressing their shock and sadness over the tragedy, stating that their thoughts are with the injured and their hearts go out to the family and friends of those who lost their lives.