Driver charged in fatal crash into marsh near JFK

Brookville, Queens, NY - A damaged Ford Focus

Brookville, Queens, NY - A damaged Ford Focus sits on the side of the road where firefighters rescued three people from the vehicle after it overturned into a marshy area with two-feet of water around 4:30 a.m. on Brookville Blvd near Rockaway Blvd in Brookville, Queens, Sunday morning. Firefighters were able to rescue three of the trapped victims, although another victim was rushed to a local hospital where it was reported that the unidentified victim had died a short time later. The driver of the vehicle was being questioned by investigators. (December 30, 2012) (Credit: James Carbone)

A Queens woman was arrested Sunday, hours after her car left a roadway in Queens and plunged into a marsh, killing one of her passengers, New York City police said.

Denise Finley, 32, of Beach 59th Street in Arverne, was charged with driving while intoxicated and unlicensed operation of a vehicle in connection with the accident, which occurred about 4:30 a.m., the NYPD said.

Police said Finley had been driving a 2000 Ford Focus south on Brookville Boulevard near Kennedy Airport when the car left the road, and overturned into the water.

One of her passengers, Dominique Jamison, 25, of Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway, was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, but was pronounced dead.

The Associated Press reported that the car flipped over into 3 or 4 feet of swamp off Jamaica Bay near Brookville and Rockaway boulevards. The driver and two other passengers suffered minor injuries.

Six firefighters also were injured at the scene during the rescue attempt, according to the AP.

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