UPDATE: Charges filed in fatal Williamsburg Bridge car crash

May 14, 2013 Heather Chin
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Early Monday morning, a 23-year-old woman crashed into a metal divider on the eastbound lane of the Williamsburg Bridge and then spun out into traffic. Today, she has been hit with two counts of manslaughter in the death of one of her four passengers, who was thrown out of the car and died of her injuries at the scene.

Ayisha Dobson, of New Haven, Connecticut, was speeding and intoxicated at the time of the accident at 4:04 a.m. on May 13. In addition to the manslaughter charges, she faces charges of driving while intoxicated, criminally negligent homicide, and reckless driving.

Dobson reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .08 percent — just above the legal limit.

The passenger who died, 21-year-old Janice Brown, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was thrown from the back seat of the 2003 silver Nissan Altima when it hit the metal divider barrier. She suffered bodily trauma that resulted in her death.

All four remaining car occupants, including Dobson, were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.


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