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Teen killed in fiery Chinatown crash identified; driver arrested

CHINATOWN, Manhattan — A teenager is dead and a driver is under arrest after a single-vehicle crash in which a car speeding off the Manhattan Bridge struck a fire hydrant before bursting into flames and flipping over early Tuesday in Chinatown, police said.

The family friends were in a Mazda sedan coming off the Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn when the driver allegedly lost control at Canal Street and Bowery around 1:10 a.m., according to police.

The car crashed into a fire hydrant, which flew across the street and into the glass exterior of a bank. The car then burst into flames as it flipped over, police said.

Shareef Bellerand, seen here in a photo provided by his family, was killed in a single-car crash in Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood on Dec. 26, 2017. He was 17.

The passenger -- Shareef Bellerad, 17, of Crown Heights -- was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. The teen may not have been wearing a seatbelt, according to police.

The driver -- identified as Gerald Joseph, 22, of Brooklyn -- was hospitalized. He's been arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, police said.

As of 4:30 a.m., police said Joseph was conscious and alert.

Video of the scene showed a string of debris and glass strewn about the roadway, which largely remained closed for hours.

The overturned car was moved to the side of the roadway at about 8 a.m., helping move rush-hour traffic that was heavier than usual for much of the morning due to an exit lane being closed on the Manhattan Bridge after the crash.

Clarification: Police initially gave different information regarding the victim, and said the Mazda crashed into additional objects on the roadway.