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Man Driving Wrong Way Kills Woman on Henry Hudson Parkway, NYPD Says

By Elizabeth Elizalde | June 8, 2016 1:48pm | Updated on June 9, 2016 8:49am

UPPER WEST SIDE — A man stole a minivan and drove the wrong way up the Henry Hudson Parkway before crashing into a car and killing its passenger Tuesday night, police said.

The minivan driver, Jean Herrera, was arrested and police are investigating whether he was being chased by the NYPD at the time, officials said.

Herrera, 23, was driving the stolen Dodge Caravan with a 34-year-old man inside when he hit some parked cars on Eighth Avenue before getting onto the West Side Highway at West 59th Street, heading north in the southbound lane, NYPD officials said.

Herrera, of Washington Heights, drove about 20 blocks before slamming into a southbound Subaru carrying Olga Ilina, 54, and her driver, a 53-year-old man, about 11:40 p.m., officials said.

Ilina, of Fair Lawn, N.J., was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai St. Luke's, police said.

The driver of the Subaru she was riding in was listed in stable condition at the same hospital, police said. 

Herrera was treated at St. Luke's as well and arrested on a slew of charges including manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and other traffic related crimes, police said.

His passenger was treated at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, police said.