ROSSVILLE, Staten Island (WABC) --Two drivers have been arrested and charged after a multi-vehicle accident early Sunday morning on Staten Island that killed one person and injured six others.
The crash happened at about 2:15 a.m. on the northbound West Shore Expressway near the Arden Avenue exit in the Rossville section.
The NYPD says that a 2010 Dodge Charger rear ended a 2005 Honda SUV which resulted in the Honda pushing into a 2013 Ford van.
The sedan struck an overhead light on the right shoulder and overturned on a grassy embankment.
A front seat passenger in the Dodge was killed. Police have identified him as 39-year-old Dennis White of Brooklyn.
The driver and two rear-seat passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The Honda SUV redirected into the center median and struck a guardrail. The driver and two passengers sustained non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the Ford van maintained control coming to a stop and was uninjured.
The two injured drivers and four passengers were removed to Richmond University Medical Center in stable condition.
Police are trying to determine whether racing played a role in the accident.
The road was closed for most of the morning but reopened at about 7 a.m.
The driver of the Dodge, 38-year-old Jermaine Simmons of Brooklyn, was arrested and charged with Oper MV BAC .08 of 1% and Facilitate Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of Vehicle.
The driver of the Honda, 49-year-old Hernan Zhaqui of Queens, was arrested and charged with DWI.