Driver Speeding Off Manhattan Bridge Flips Car, Kills Teenage Passenger
A driver speeding off the city side of the Manhattan Bridge flipped his car in a deadly early morning crash.
According to published reports, the Mazda zoomed off the span shortly after 1am, hit a curb, rammed into a light pole, then hit a fire hydrant at the Bowery and Canal Street. The impact force was so great that the pump uprooted and flew across the thoroughfare.
As the car overturned, both the driver and 17-year-old passenger Shareef Bellerand were trapped inside, police said. Firefighters extricated the two after twenty minutes. The 22-year-old driver survived the wreck in critical condition, but Bellerand, a Brooklyn resident, died after being rushed to Lower Manhattan Hospital.
Cops are reportedly investigating whether booze played a role in the incident.