TRIBECA, NY – According to Abc7ny.com, one person died in a fiery crash in Manhattan on Saturday, December 29, 2018. A driver operating an Audi lost control of his vehicle and struck a Honda CRV. The Honda flipped over and caught fire with the driver still inside the vehicle. The woman driving the Honda was killed in the accident.
The driver of the Audi hit another two vehicles before stopping and exiting his vehicle. The 37-year-old man attempted to flee the scene of the crash with his dog, a Rottweiler. The police caught up with the driver quickly, and he was arrested. The man sustained injuries in the crash and was treated at the Bellevue Hospital where he was reportedly in stable condition. The dog was taken by animal control.
Hyundai and a white pickup truck were also struck in the accident. The other drivers, who were identified as a 68-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man, were also injured and were transported to nearby hospitals.
The Honda was seen still burning for several hours. The vehicle was covered with a tarp, meaning the victim’s body was likely still in the vehicle.
Police are still investigating the accident and are trying to determine the cause.
West Street was shut down for several hours as a result of the collision. Detours were put in place to divert traffic around the accident scene.
New York City has been working to reduce the number of traffic fatalities in the city by putting in place a Vision Zero program. The program’s aim is to completely eliminate traffic-related fatalities within the city by the year 2024.
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