The face of a coward? Driver hails a cab, leaves woman to die in his burning car

When 23-year-old Saeed Ahmad hit the left lane median and crashed his 2007 Infiniti G35 after recklessly weaving in and out of Brooklyn traffic early Friday morning, his first thought was to save himself from his burning vehicle and get medical treatment.

Nevermind that his female passenger burned to death inside the vehicle.

According to the New York Daily News, witness told police that the vehicle spun out of control around 4 a.m. near Brooklyn’s Prospect Expressway, coming to rest in the center lane, facing traffic. Police sources say Ahmad jumped out and ran away, leaving 25-year-old Astoria, Queens resident Harleen Grewal behind to die.

Instead of flagging down help for his dying passenger, Ahmad “flagged down a taxi” and hightailed it to Maimonides Medical Center so he could be treated for his own arm and leg burns sustained in the crash.

The silver lining, if there can be one in such a tragic event, is that police found Ahmad at the hospital and “charged him with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding,” according to the Daily News.

Police sources said that Ahmed wasn’t legally drunk at the hospital when he took the test, but he did admit to “having a few drinks before the crash.”

He was set to be arraigned on Friday in Brooklyn Criminal Court.

Saeed’s brother, Waheed Ahmad, claims his brother tried to help Grewal: “He said the girl that was in the car was stuck in there and he tried to get her out, that’s why his arms were burned. He couldn’t…it was too late for her.”

Even if that were true, why wouldn’t Ahmad have at least made sure rescue personnel were on the scene before hightailing it to the hospital?

It’s a question he’ll likely have to answer to a jury.

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