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Driver Charged With Manslaughter In Fiery Tribeca Crash

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Police have identified the woman who was killed after her car was hit and burst into flames on Saturday morning in lower Manhattan. Gerritsen Beach resident Amy Phillipson, 57, was driving a 2003 Honda CRV in Tribeca when suspect Sherman Harrison, driving an Audi, allegedly slammed into her SUV, causing it to overturn and catch fire.

Phillipson's burning SUV slid up the street from the impact:

Harrison's car was reportedly seen "weaving in and out of traffic."

According to the NYPD, officers responded to a multi-vehicle collision at West Street near Laight Street in Tribeca around 7:25 a.m. on December 29th, and found six vehicles had been involved, including one that was on fire. The FDNY put the fire out and found Phillipson, pronouncing her dead at the scene.

Police say that Harrison was driving north on West Street and first struck Phillipson's SUV, and then he continued north and hit a Toyota pick-up truck, sending that crashing into a Hyundai sedan. The truck driver, a 28-year-old man, and the Hyundai driver, a 69-year-old woman, were taken to nearby hospitals in stable condition.

Harrison continued up West Street, where police say he proceeded to hit two parked cars. When Harrison got out of his car, he reportedly tried to flee with his Rottweiler but he was apprehended.

Harrison was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition (his dog was taken in by animal control) and charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.

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