Father of teen killed in Times Square crash leaves touching note at memorial

TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan (WPIX) — Amid the bright lights and bustling streets of Times Square, there is now also a touching note left behind by the father of a teenager killed last week by a speeding driver.

Tom Elsman's daughter, 18-year-old Alyssa, of Michigan, was killed last Thursday when a man drove through multiple sidewalks in Times Square, mowing down pedestrians before crashing and being detained.

The teenager was killed, and 19 others were injured, including her 13-year-old sister who suffered a collapsed lung and broken pelvis.

Days after the incident, a memorial has been growing in Alyssa Elsman's honor.

RELATED: Photos of the memorial for Alyssa Elsman

6 PHOTOS
Memorial created for Times Square crash victim
See Gallery
Memorial created for Times Square crash victim
Amid the bright lights and bustling streets of Times Square, there is now a touching note by the father of a teenager killed last week by a speeding driver.
Amid the bright lights and bustling streets of Times Square, there is now a touching note by the father of a teenager killed last week by a speeding driver.
Amid the bright lights and bustling streets of Times Square, there is now a touching note by the father of a teenager killed last week by a speeding driver.
Amid the bright lights and bustling streets of Times Square, there is now a touching note by the father of a teenager killed last week by a speeding driver.
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - MAY 20: People leave flowers and cuddly toys as a homage to victims knocked down by a car in Times Square on May 20, 2017 in New York, United States. Multiple pedestrians were struck Thursday by a speeding vehicle in the heart of New York City, according to reports it caused1 people dead and 22 others wounded. (Photo by Vanessa Carvalho/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

At the memorial, messages have been written by passersby on an NYPD barricade; flowers, stuffed animals and candles have been left; and a framed letter stands for all to read.

"Your condolences have been sincere and have been taken to heart," Tom Elsman wrote. "She loved Times Square. She would appreciate all your kind words but she would also tell us all to get back up and continue."

Although the memorial does not bring his daughter back, Tom Elsman writes that it is helping the family cope with their loss.

He began the letter by thanking the NYPD and medical staff who aided his daughter.

"There is (sic) no words that can express out gratitude with the outpouring of love and support this city has shown us," the letter starts. "I have met to many people from different countries, regions, creeds, etc. ... it doesn't matter .. you have shown us that when you remove bias..racism..and ignorance.. WE ARE ALL ONE."

Over the weekend, Tom Elsman told Michigan TV station WWMT, he'll never understand why this happened.

"My daughter came here for vacation, and now I'm going to take her home and bury here. I have no words, I really don't. It's just an empty, hallow feeling. It's my first born daughter, and I'm never going to see her, giving grandkids, I don't get to walk her down the aisle."

RELATED: Photos from the tragic incident

24 PHOTOS
Car strikes pedestrians in Times Square
See Gallery
Car strikes pedestrians in Times Square
NEW YORK, USA - MAY 18: Flames and smoke rises from a wrecked vehicle after it plowed into pedestrians on a busy sidewalk on the corner of West 45th St. and Broadway at Times Square, New York, NY United States on May 18, 2017. Multiple pedestrians were struck Thursday by a speeding vehicle in the heart of New York City, according to reports. At least 13 people wounded. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Richard Rojas is escorted from the 7th precinct by New York City Police officers after being processed in connection with the speeding vehicle that struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
An injured woman lays on the sidewalk in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestirans on the sidewalk inn New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A photo of victim Alyssa Elsman of Portage, Michigan is posted on a baricade in Times Square May 19, 2017, the morning after Richard Rojas crashed his car into a a crowd of pedestrians in New York's Times Square killing one and injuring 22 people. A US Navy veteran who plowed a car into pedestrians in New York's Times Square, killing a woman and injuring 22 other people, has been charged with murder and attempted murder, police said Friday. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
First responders are at the scene as people help injured pedestrians after a vehicle struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in New York, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Jeremy Schultz
First responders and people help injured pedestrians after a vehicle struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in New York, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Jeremy Schultz
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY An injured man is seen on the sidewalk in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on the sidewalk in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
First responders are assisting injured pedestrians after a vehicle struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in New York, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Jeremy Schultz
An injured woman is seen on the sidewalk in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on the sidewalk inn New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY An injured man is seen on the sidewalk in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on the sidewalk in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
First responders tend to an injured pedestrian after a vehicle struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in New York, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A woman attends to an injured man on the sidewalk in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on the sidewalk in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH OR INJURY A body of a deceased person lies covered on the sidewalk in front of the 3 Times Sq building in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on the sidewalk in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar TEMPLATE OUT
Police investigate the vehicle that drove onto sidewalk and struck pedestrians in Times Square in New York, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: A wrecked car sits in the intersection of 45th and Broadway in Times Square, May 18, 2017 in New York City. According to reports there were multiple injuries and one fatality after the car plowed into a crowd of people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - MAY 18: A wounded civilian is being hospitalized after a maroon sedan vehicle plowed into pedestrians on a busy sidewalk on the corner of West 45th St. and Broadway at Times Square, New York, NY United States on May 18, 2017. Multiple pedestrians were struck Thursday by a speeding vehicle in the heart of New York City, according to reports. At least 13 people wounded. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers stand near newly erected concrete barricades outside the 3 Times Square building in Times Square where a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians Thursday in New York City, U.S., May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A vehicle that struck pedestrians and later crashed is seen on the sidewalk in Times Square in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People walk between newly erected concrete barricades outside the 3 Times Square building in Times Square where a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians Thursday in New York City, U.S., May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Emergency personnel inspect a vehicle involved in striking a number of pedestrians in Times Square in New York, May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Richard Rojas is escorted from the 7th precinct by New York City Police officers after being processed in connection with the speeding vehicle that struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
A photo of victim Alyssa Elsman of Portage, Michigan is posted on a baricade in Times Square May 19, 2017, the morning after Richard Rojas crashed his car into a a crowd of pedestrians in New York's Times Square killing one and injuring 22 people. A US Navy veteran who plowed a car into pedestrians in New York's Times Square, killing a woman and injuring 22 other people, has been charged with murder and attempted murder, police said Friday. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.