A 23-year-old woman is under arrest and accused of drunk driving after she lost control of her car approaching the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway early Monday, ejecting her 21-year-old passenger, who was killed.
Four other people were taken to the hospital, emergency and police officials said.
Police say the driver of the 2003 silver Nissan Altima was speeding eastbound on the Williamsburg Bridge in the outer traffic lane and overcompensated a turn at the BQE interchange, striking a metal divider on the passenger side, which ejected the woman who was sitting in the rear passenger side.
The car spun into oncoming traffic, coming to rest facing the other way. The driver decided it was not safe to stay there, and drove off the Roebling Street exit, police said.
The victim, meanwhile, was lying on the roadway and was pronounced dead at the scene.
She has been identified by police as Janice Brown of New Haven, Conn.
Police say the ramp to the Williamsburg Bridge off the BQE was closed for a time to assist in the investigation, and traffic was tied up for much of the morning.
The four surviving victims are listed in stable condition.