Man who killed himself after crashing car near Supreme Court was ‘lost,’ troubled by current politics, mom says


the man Who killed himself after his car crashed into a barrier near the US Supreme Court His grieving mother said on Tuesday that he was upset with current policies and was not in his “right state of mind”.

“We didn’t know the extent of the damage,” Tamara Cunningham said of her 29-year-old son, Richard Aaron York, who crashed his car into a barrier in the nation’s capital early Sunday. No one was injured in the accident.

Cunningham told NBC News on Tuesday that her son has been hard working and is loved by friends and family. He lived with and raised his grandmother in Delaware.

“He was a good person,” Cunningham said. “He loved me so much.”

After he suffered several concussions while wrestling and playing high school football, his family suspected he might have had it. CTEBut his condition was never diagnosed.

“He’s had some trouble in his past, and he’s been struggling,” Cunningham said. “He struggled with trying treatment and finding out what was going on.”

The United States Capitol Police, which is investigating Sunday’s incident with the Metropolitan Police Department, said York has a criminal history, including burglary, robbery and assault charges.

Capitol police said they had no indication that Yorke’s actions were politically motivated.

Cunningham said her son was frustrated by gas prices and the results of the 2020 election, but he “wasn’t flying the Trump flag or anything like that.”

“I think kids his age … have a lot of different problems: how do you support a family, how do you pay for anything, how do you move forward? It’s very difficult for them,” Cunningham said. She said York had a 9-year-old son, whom he had separated.

Officials said York did not appear to be targeting members of Congress who were on vacation.

On Sunday, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued a warning of Rise in threats to federal law enforcement officials Since the search for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida has led to concerns that York’s actions may have been targeting the Capitol Police.

But Cunningham said her son probably “wasn’t actually in the right mental state so he obviously knew what he was really doing.”

“I think he was very confused and mean,” she said.

If you or someone you know is going through a crisis, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also connect to the network, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255or text HOME to 741741 or visit For additional resources.

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