A man of South Asian descent abandons his 25-year-old female friend to die in a blazing car and hails a cab after crashing his posh car on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on Friday, reports the New York Daily News
The charred body of victim, identified as Harleen Grewal of Astoria, Queens, was recovered after the firefighters put out the blaze.
According to witnesses, 23-year-old Saeed Ahmad was weaving in and out of traffic when his car hit the central reservation in the left lane, spinning out of control. The car came to a halt in the centre lane as flames engulfed the inside.
Cellphone videos obtained from bystanders show Ahmed casually leaving the scene alone and running off hitching a yellow taxi.
Police tracked Ahmad to Maimonides Medical Centre in Brooklyn, New York where he was being treated for burns to his arms and legs.
Police have charged him with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding.
Ahmad had also told police that he and Grewal were dating, which however, Grewal’s friends denied and said he was just an acquaintance who gave her a ride home. Grewal was reportedly in a relationship with another Indian descent New Yorker, Karan Singh Dhillon, 28.
Ahmad’s brother, Waheed Ahmad, 21, claimed Saeed had tried helping Grewal get out of the car when his arms and neck got burned, pointing out as proof that Saeed tried to assist the victim.
“You see a person die in front of you and you are in unimaginable pain, imagine what you would do,” Waheed said.
Grewal’s family said she worked for a catering company, who would normally work late.
According to the NY Daily News, police is yet to confirm where Ahmad and Grewal had been or were coming from.
Ahmad, of Flatlands, Brooklyn, acknowledged to have had a few drinks before the crash, though a blood test showed he was not legally drunk.
The suspect’s arraignment was awaiting as doctors treated him for burn on the neck, arms and legs.