Driver leaves passenger to die in blazing car on Brooklyn Queens-Expressway
BY Molly Crane-newman, Ellen Moynihan, Thomas Tracy
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, October 13, 2017, 2:36 PM
A heartless motorist left his 25-year-old passenger to die after he crashed on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and his car burst into flames, police sources said.
Saeed Ahmad, 23, was weaving in and out of traffic on the westbound side of the BQE when his 2007 Infiniti G35 hit the median in the left lane. The car spun out of control near the Prospect Expressway about 4 a.m., witnesses told police.
The car came to rest facing against traffic in the center lane. As flames consumed the inside of the car, Ahmad jumped out and ran off, police sources said.
His friend, identified by sources as 25-year-old Harleen Grewal of Astoria, Queens, wasn’t so lucky.
Firefighters putting out the blaze found Grewal’s charred body in the front passenger seat.
Ahmad flagged down a taxi near the scene of the crash and took it to Maimonides Medical Center, police sources said. He was being treated there for burns to his arms and legs.
Cops caught up with him at the hospital and charged him with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding. His arraignment was pending in Brooklyn Criminal Court Friday.
Ahmad, who lives in Flatlands, admitted to having a few drinks before the crash but was not legally drunk when his blood was tested at the hospital, police sources said.
Saeed Ahmad (left) left his passenger, Harleen Grewal (right) for dead after crashing on the BQE on Oct. 13, 2017. (Obtained by NY Daily News; Facebook)
Ahmad’s relatives said he tried to save Grewal, but couldn’t.
“He said the girl that was in the car was stuck in there and he tried to get her out, that’s why his arms were burned,” said Saeed’s brother Waheed Ahmad. “He couldn’t…it was too late for her.”
Grewal worked for a catering company. She often had friends help her out at events, her family said.
Sometimes she took the train home; sometimes family would pick her up; and other times people she was working with would drop her off at home, relatives said.
The family said it was normal for her to work late.
Police are investigating an unrelated crash after a car hit and critically injured a bicyclist at about 10 a.m. Thursday at E. 106th St. and Third Ave. on the Upper East Side, sources said.
The driver was going east on E. 106th St. with the green light, when the cyclist ran a red light going north on Third Ave., sources said. The cyclist smashed into the windshield.
Medics took the cyclist to Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in critical condition.
Firefighters racing to extinguish the blaze discovered the victim dead in the front passenger seat, cops said. There was nobody in the car’s driver seat. (Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News)
There have been 167 fatal crashes in 2017, compared to 182 in 2016 – a decline of 8%.
Cops have investigated 301 crashes so far in 2017, compared to 283 – an increase of 6%.