A driver in an apparently stolen minivan drove northbound on the southbound lanes of the Henry Hudson Parkway last night, until he crashed into an oncoming car. The minivan driver and his passenger, as well as the driver and passenger of the other car, all suffered injuries. Update [more info below]: The passenger of the other car died.
The red Dodge Caravan's driver and his passenger are also in custody, police say.
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 silver car's occupants, a 53-year-old male and a female, were both taken to St. Luke's Hospital; the female is in critical condition. The minivan's driver, a 24-year-old male, was also taken to St. Luke's, while the passenger, also a 24-year-old male, was taken to Weill Cornell; both are in stable condition.
Charges are pending against the minivan driver and passenger. PIX 11 reports, "Police believe the minivan may be stolen since the Connecticut plates on it don't match the vehicle."
The Henry Hudson Parkway reopened to traffic at 5 a.m. this morning.
Update: The police said that the female passenger of the silver car, Olga Ilina, 54, died at the hospital.
The investigation is ongoing.