Harleen Grewel burned in the passenger seat of a destroyed Infiniti on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, early-morning traffic inched through the single lane not engulfed in flames.
The man who had crashed the Infiniti into a concrete barrier minutes earlier was 23-year-old Saeed Ahmad, and he managed to escape the wreck, police say. What he did next got him arrested!
They say he stood in the expressway while Harleen burned, hailed a cab and left, and it was caught on video.
“Can I get a ride?” the man in the video asks.
Yes, he could. The door opened and the man stepped in to the cab, which WABC said took him to a hospital to be treated for burns, where police found and arrested him.
He was charged with speeding, driving without a license, leaving the scene of an accident, manslaughter and the criminally negligent homicide of his passenger.
After Ahmad left the wreck, police say, firefighters arrived and put out the flames. They found Harleen’s corpse in the passenger seat.
There is no indication in the police report that Ahmad was intoxicated, and no mention of what — if anything — he might have done to help his passenger before he hailed the cab, but his brother claims that he tried to pull Harleen out.
“He couldn’t,” Waheed Ahmad said. “It was too late for her.”