A 54-year-old woman was killed after a van driver drove the wrong way on the Henry Hudson Parkway late Tuesday night and slammed into the car she was riding in around 79th street. Olga Ilini of Fair Lawn, NJ was a passenger in a Southbound Subaru hit by a 2003 Dodge minivan driving North in the Southbound lane, according to police.
The minivan may have been stolen, and the driver was driving erratically for a while, Gothamist reported.
The minivan was reportedly first spotted “striking several parked cars on Eighth Avenue” and 17th Street “in Chelsea around 11:45 p.m.”
An NYPD spokesman says officers tried to stop the car, but were unsuccessful. Police continued to attempt to stop the car, but, the spokesman emphasized, it was never a pursuit with sirens and lights.
At around West 59th Street, the minivan then headed onto the West Side Highway, going north but in the southbound lanes. At West 79th Street (where the road is the Henry Hudson Parkway), the vehicle crashed into a silver car heading south.
The occupants of the Dodge were taken into custody, police said.