Emergency response teams were immediately called to the scene to try to locate the driver and his vehicle. There are still no signs of the car or its occupants, and NYPD officials have said this is now a recovery operation.
Eyewitness accounts, as detailed in the The New York Post, describe the car as a black sedan, possibly a BMW, that went over the edge in a matter of seconds. The witness stated that the car seemed to be traveling at least 60 to 70 miles an hour before going over.
By 2:30 a.m., FDNY divers were in the water surrounding the bridge but their search efforts proved unsuccessful. The search was suspended for a short time due to poor water conditions, but divers were able to resume their work by 11 a.m. on Monday. There have been no new developments reported, and the vehicle and occupant(s) remain unaccounted for.
The identity of the individual involved has not yet been released. Please visit the official website of the NYPD for updates as they become available.