October 27, 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.
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.”