NY Post - December 31, 2012by C.J. SULLIVAN, KIRSTAN CONLEY & KATE KOWSH
A 25-year-old mom was killed yesterday after her drunken friend drove their car off a windy Queens road and it plunged into Jamaica Bay, police said.
FDNY divers pulled Dominique Jamison from the frigid water and rushed her to Jamaica Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after the horrific 4:30 a.m. accident.
Jamison’s friend Denise Finley, 32, was charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and without a license.
“The girl that did this to my baby, I will never forgive her — never,” said the victim’s heartbroken mom, Lenay Jamison.
Dominique — the mother of a 7-month-old daughter — spent Saturday night celebrating a relative’s 50th birthday at a lounge in Jamaica with her family.
“We had a ball,” a tearful Lenay told The Post.
“She danced with me all night. She was a sweet girl. She did not deserve this.
Lenay said her daughter, who earned her bachelor’s degree this summer from York College and was an aspiring actress, went out afterward with Finley and four others.
Finley told cops she drank a cup of cranberry juice and vodka before driving, according to court papers.
On a blog where Dominique shared her funky fashion sense in upbeat posts, she doted on her baby daughter, Journee, and on her mother.
Dominique also posted a fun-loving picture of herself with a bottle of bubbly in May 2011, but included the cautionary and now-ironic message: “remember . . . DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE:).♥ xo.”
Finley and several passengers frantically flagged down passing cars on Rockaway Boulevard seeking help to save Dominique and at least one other passenger who were trapped in the submerged car.
“You have to help. My friend’s still in the car!” passer-by Damien Noel said a soaking-wet Finley shouted to him.
Noel and others formed a human chain of rescuers who waded into the frigid, 4-foot-deep water and pulled one passenger out of the flipped 2000 Ford Focus — but they were unable to locate Jamison.
Finley, two passengers and six firefighters were treated for minor injuries and hypothermia.
Cops said Finley had four prior arrests but that all the cases were sealed.
She was being held last night in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Additional reporting by Christina Carrega, Yoav Gonen and Natasha Velez