By Adam Nichols
DNAinfo News Editor
MANHATTAN — A car careened off the Queensboro Bridge early Wednesday at exactly the spot where another wreck killed a pedestrian a week earlier, police said Wednesday.
Police said a man lost control of his Queens-bound Volkswagen Jetta around 4 a.m. Wednesday as he left the bridge and drove onto an exit ramp at Crescent Street and Queens Plaza South, in Long Island City.
The car smashed into a storefront, leaving the car's 40-year-old female passenger with serious head injuries, police said. Neither the driver nor the victim were identified.
The passenger was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in critical condition, police said.
The driver, a 39-year-old man, was arrested at the scene. He was taken to Bellevue hospital in stable condition. Police said charges are pending, but they did not say what the charges were.
On March 28, Anthony Buscemi, 68, died when he was hit by a car coming off the same exit ramp. The driver lost his arm in the accident and was not charged, police said.
Neighbors told the New York Post that the bridge ramp had recently been renovated with the intention to increase pedestrian safety. But they said the changes have wreaked unintentional havoc, by making the exit harder for motorists to see.