Passenger critically hurt in Brooklyn-Queens Expressway crash, driver charged with DWI

Passenger critically hurt in Brooklyn-Queens Expressway crash, driver charged with DWI
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An allegedly drunk driver with a suspended license slammed into a divider on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Saturday, critically injuring one of his passengers in the high-speed wreck, cops said Sunday.

Rogelio Mendoza Hernandez, 25, was headed east on the BQE when he lost control of his black 2011 Honda Accord near the Flushing Ave. exit in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, about 4:45 a.m., police said.

He veered into a metal crash cushion and then struck the right median wall, cops said.

A 22-year-old woman riding in his front passenger seat suffered severe trauma to her chest and was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition, cops said.

A woman riding in the backseat, also 22, suffered cuts to her head. She also went to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

Mendoza Hernandez, of Corona, Queens, was arrested at the scene and hit with a slew of charges including driving while intoxicated, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, cops said. He was unhurt in the crash.