Passenger killed when car crashes on Nassau Expressway in Queens

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QUEENS, NEW YORK, NY – A young woman was killed when the car she was riding in crashed in Queens Monday night, the Daily News reported.

The victim, identified as 18-year-old Tanja Britt, was a passenger in the back seat of a BMW that was being driven by her 18-year-old co-worker. Authorities said the driver was traveling on the Nassau Expressway at about 8:45 p.m. when she noticed she had gotten off at the wrong exit, for the Belt Parkway. She apparently attempted to drive over a median to get off instead at North Conduit Avenue.

The car flipped and then slammed into a cement wall, according to investigators.  Britt was ejected from the vehicle and was transported to Jamaica Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.  Britt’s mother said Tanja had been returning from a shopping trip at a Queens mall with her sister, a cousin, and the driver.  She said the three other girls were hospitalized but have since been released.

Tanja Britt had graduated recently from Uncommon Charter School in Brooklyn and had planned to attend Hampton University starting next month. A spokeswoman for Uncommon Charter School released a statement that read in part, “Tanja was a bright and talented young woman and our entire community is mourning her passing.”

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