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Astoria woman left to die in burning car on BQE by driver who gets out and hails a cab

Oct. 16, 2017 Staff Report

The victim of the fiery crash on the BQE early Friday was an Astoria woman who was left to die in a flame-engulfed car by the driver who got out and hailed a cab, according to police.

The charred remains of Harleen Grewal, 25, of Astoria, were discovered in the front seat of the vehicle after the FDNY put out the flames out from the 4 am crash.

Grewal was left in a 2007 Infiniti G35 sedan to burn to death by Saeed Ahmad, 23, of Brooklyn who nonchalantly got out of the car, hailed a cab and took it to Maimonides Hospital in Borough Park.

Harleen Grewal (Facebook)

Video obtained by ABC 7 shows the car in flames as he walks toward a cab, gets inside, and is driven away.

“Can I get a ride?” he can be heard asking the taxi driver.

The NYPD caught up with Ahmed at Maimonides, where he was being treated for burns.

Police later arrested him on charges of criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and

Saeed Ahmad (Facebook)


According to police, Ahmad lost control of his car as it was heading westbound near Centre Street in Red Hook. The car burst into flames after striking a concrete barrier.

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Very bad

I understand that there probably wasn’t anything he could do with the way that fire was going but he acted like he didn’t even care.

Robin Kirwin

This guy is a piece of s*** they should throw the book at him and never let him out he’s garbage to do that to another human being or to any human think is horrible

Lowlife saaed ahmad

Pos, too bad the doctors didn’t walk out on him and go to lunch. Lea e him to suffer. Garbage. He’s garbage he didn’t even care , hey can I get a ride, not oh my god help me my friend is in there! What a scumbag


Difficult to believe that this could happen – this man obviously has no consideration for anything but himself. Hopefully they throw the book at him.


Disgusting to do that to another human being I hope he gets severe punishment . How dare he leave her to die like that and he just jumps in a cab ?!


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