Police: Driver charged in deadly Manhattan crash was going 100 mph

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Thursday, January 3, 2019
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The driver charged with causing a deadly crash in Tribeca was arraigned Wednesday.

TRIBECA, Manhattan (WABC) -- The driver charged with causing a crash in Tribeca Saturday morning that killed a woman and left a trail of wrecked cars was going about 100 mph in a 35 mph speed limit zone, according to police.

37-year-old Sherman Harrison was arraigned via closed circuit camera Wednesday from Bellevue Hospital, where he is being treated for injuries sustained in the accident.

Authorities say Harrison started a chain reaction crash on West Street that killed 57-year-old Amy Philipson, whose car burst into flames.

Harrison had blown through three red lights before the accident, police said. A .40-caliber Glock magazine loaded with 17 rounds was found inside his car.

He was charged with second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an incident and possession of ammunition.

"The defendant's inexplicable recklessness resulted in an entirely avoidable, tragic death to a woman who was on her way to work," prosecutors said.

Harrison's next court date is Friday.


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