The driver of the car who left a woman in the front passenger seat as it burned up on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway has been found and charged in the woman's death, according to the NYPD.
Saeed Ahmad, a 23-year-old man from Flatlands, Brooklyn was arrested last night and charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident for his role in the Friday morning death of his car's passenger, Harleen Grewel, a 25-year-old woman from Astoria.
In a video that a driver took at the scene, a man who police say is Ahmad can be clearly heard asking a cabbie "Can I get a ride?" as he stands near the burning wreckage of the car, then getting into the cab:
Police say an investigation revealed that Ahmad was speeding on the Gowanus Expressway in his Infiniti G35 on Friday morning when he lost control of the car and hit a concrete barrier. The sedan caught fire after the collision, and police say that Ahmad left the burning car while Grewel was still in the passenger seat, and caught a ride to a nearby hospital. Police found Ahmad at Maimonides Hospital with burns to his arms and legs, and arrested him there.
Grewel's burnt body was found in the passenger seat of the sedan in the early morning hours of Friday morning, after firefighters were called to the scene of a burning car facing the wrong direction in the center lane of the BQE. ABC7 reports that Ahmad and Grewel may have been on a date before the fiery car wreck that claimed her life.