Driver in Deadly Manhattan Bridge Crash Arrested for Drunk Driving
Early yesterday morning, a 17-year-old Brooklyn boy was killed in a high-speed crash at the mouth of the Manhattan Bridge. Police said that the driver, who had allegedly been drinking, lost control and flipped the car.
Both were trapped in the car for twenty minutes as first responders rushed to extricate them. The teenaged victim died in the immediate aftermath of the gruesome accident; the 22-year-old driver, Gerald Joseph of Brooklyn came away with minor injuries. He was arrested later in the day on drunk driving charges.
As previously reported, Joseph zoomed off the span in his Mazda shortly after 1am, hit a curb, then rammed into the fire hydrant at the Bowery and Canal Street. The impact force was so great that the pump uprooted and flew across the thoroughfare.