Cops say driver left woman to die, brother says he's a hero

Cheryl Sanders
October 15, 2017

Firefighters found the charred body of 25-year-old Harleen Grewal early Friday morning, the New York Daily News reported.

Ahmad took a taxi to Maimonides Hospital in Borough Park because he "was in pain" and since "the ambulance wasn't coming", he asked the taxi to take him to hospital. After firefighters put out the fire in the burning Infiniti G35 sedan, which was facing east despite being on the westbound side of the highway, they discovered the burnt corpse of the woman in the passenger seat.

Ahmad is said to be "emotionally distraught". They say the driver fled as the vehicle burst into flames.

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.

A witness told The Mirror: 'The auto was popping as we drove past - it was really hot.

Adding, 'I was in a taxi and the driver said he'd never seen anything like that in his life. We thought it might explode'.

The police caught him at the hospital, where he was being treated for burns to his arms and legs, and charged him with homicide and several other offences relating to the incident.

Harleen Grewel died in the auto crash in Brooklyn on Friday morning.

Saeed's brother, Waheed Ahmad, claims his brother tried to help Grewal: "He said the girl that was in the vehicle was stuck in there and he tried to get her out, that's why his arms were burned". 'He couldn' was too late for her'.

Another neighbor said Grewel's mother hasn't stopped crying since she found out her daughter is dead.

"This is a parents' worst nightmare", said neighbor Harriet Hoffman, 52, who has known Grewel and her family for years.

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