WABC-TV reports, the car was found facing eastbound in the westbound lanes between Hamilton Avenue and Prospect Expressway just after 4 a.m.
The 2007 Infiniti G35 was fully on fire.
When firefighters put out the flames, they found a badly burned woman in the passenger seat. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
She was later identified as 25-year-old Harleen Grewel, of Astoria.
The driver, 23-year-old Saeed Ahmed, was later located at Maimonides Medical Center, where he was being treated for burns to his neck, arms and legs.
Police confirm he hailed a cab on the Gowanus Expressway while leaving Grewel in the burning vehicle, and WABC-TV obtained exclusive video of a man near the burning wreckage approaching a cab and asking "Can I get a ride?"
Ahmed is now charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated unlicensed operator and speeding.
Grewal's family members tell WABC-TV they are tremendously distraught and know very little about what has happened to their daughter.
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