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Passenger Killed, Driver Charged In Crash In Southeast Queens

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A woman was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated Monday, after a crash that left her passenger dead in southeast Queens.

Around 4:15 a.m. Monday, police were dispatched to South Conduit Avenue and Brookville Boulevard in Rosedale, Queens.

They learned a 28-year-old woman had been driving a 2014 white Infiniti sedan east on the Belt Parkway between Springfield and Merrick boulevards, when she rear-ended a 2012 Mercedes driven by an 18-year-old man, police said.

The Infiniti then flipped over near South Conduit Avenue and Brookville Boulevard, police said.

The woman's passenger in the Infiniti – identified as Kendall Heard, 29, of Freeport – was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, police said.

The driver, Sharlene Numa of Roosevelt, was charged with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, and DWI, police said. She was also taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where she was reported in stable condition.

The teenage driver of the second vehicle was transported to North Shore-LIJ Health System Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream, where he was reported in stable condition, police said.

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