A 21-year-old passenger dies in drunk driving crash

NORWALK – A 21-year-old New Haven, Conn. woman, identified as Janice Brown, was ejected from the backseat of a vehicle onto the bridge roadway after the driver of a Nissan Altima over steered on a turn near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and struck a metal divider on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York on the passenger side. The accident occurred around 4 a.m. on Monday 13 May, 2013. According to the authorities, the force of the impact threw Brown from the car. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim, Janice Brown, was sitting on the back seat of the silver 2003 Nissan Altima when the accident happened. She was one of the four people in the Nissan Altima. 23-year-old Ayisha Dobson of Bridgeport was driving the car drunk. The vehicle over steered a turn near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway interchange and stopped into oncoming traffic after spinning. Dobson drove off the Roebling Street exit and parked the car. Dobson and 3 other passengers in the car were taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries and were reported to be in stable condition.

Police charged Dobson with DWI, vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving and criminally negligent homicide. She is being held behind bars until her next court appearance in June according to the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.

Both Dobson and Brown were students at the St. John’s University and were scheduled to graduate this weekend.

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