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DA: Man who left Astoria woman to burn to death on BQE remanded in custody, indicted for murder

Harleen Grewal (Facebook)

Oct. 27, 2017 By Christian Murray

The 23-year-old Brooklyn man who allegedly left an Astoria woman to burn to death after his car caught fire on the BQE earlier this month has been remanded into custody—without bail—after being indicted for second degree murder, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

Saeed Ahmad, of Marine Park, Brooklyn, crashed his 2007 Infiniti sedan into a side barrier on the BQE at around 4 am on Oct. 23 causing his vehicle to erupt into flames.

Ahmad, who had been drinking, got out of the burning vehicle, got into a cab and left without calling 911 or alerting anyone that there was a passenger in the car, according to the District Attorney.

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

Ahmad, who faces up to 25 years in prison, has been indicted with second-degree murder (depraved indifference), second degree vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while intoxicated.

Saeed Ahmad (Facebook)

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

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

“The defendant’s alleged actions before and after crashing his car caused the death of a vibrant young woman who had her entire life ahead of her,” said Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez in a statement. “He showed a complete disregard for human life and for the safety of everyone using our roadways.”

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decency and love

dang … these comments make me sicker than the story. Poor girl and family. So many horrible people in Queens… just look at these nauseating comments. I just hope the families involved don’t read these comments, you people need to go to church. Sickening.

butter and weeda

that happened on the queens side of the bridge how did Crooklyn get it? why don’t u just say let him go why don’t u ?

Steve Bromley

What about the cab driver picking this guy up at the scene of a burning car? I think he should be charged with something??


What difference does it make as to way
she was in the car.And you believe the boy friend is the only one to suffer,well anonymous your an asshold..I would love too run into you..and I mean run into you..Old Man Eddie..


People with significant others can be in cars with other people because you know , it’s like 2017.

Connie Bell

Look where it got her. Imagine what state she was in to not even be able to have the facilities to know to get out of a burning car. Terrible what happened – but – this wouldn’t happen to anybody with common sense.


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