NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – One person is dead and another is in police custody after a fiery chain reaction car crash in lower Manhattan Saturday morning.
The six-car accident took place around 7:30 a.m. in TriBeCa, where police say 37-year-old Sherman Harrison, of Maryland, was driving a 2012 Audi westbound on the West Side Highway, lost control and crashed into a 2003 Honda CRV near Hubert Street.
The crash caused the Honda to overturn and ignite, according to police.
Investigators say Harrison continued on and proceeded to strike a 2015 Toyota pickup truck, which in turn rammed into a 2018 Hyundai sedan. He finally came to a stop after colliding with a 2016 Nissan and a 2005 Honda.
Harrison attempted to flee the scene with his dog, but was apprehended shortly thereafter. He was transported to NYC Health+Hospitals/Bellevue with non-life threatening injuries and charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.
Police say the driver of the 2003 Honda CRV was pronounced dead at the scene. The drivers of the 2015 Toyota and 2018 Hyundai were also rushed to Bellevue in stable condition.
Police found a loaded magazine inside Harrison’s vehicle.
The dog was not injured and is now being looked after by animal control officers.