Man Exits Burning Car and Hails Cab, His Date Burns in Passenger Seat

October 14, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2018

A 23-year-old driver faces a long list of charges after he abandoned a woman in the passenger seat of a burning car he crashed and left the scene in a cab.

The stupefying incident happened on Friday, Oct. 13, around 4 a.m. on the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn, New York.

The driver, Saeed Ahmed, lost control of the 2007 Infiniti G35 and crashed into a concrete barrier, Pix 11 reported. The car caught fire.

The driver exited the car and approached a cab driving by. “Can I get a ride?” he asked, entered the cab, and left, as documented by a video obtained by ABC 7 Eyewitness News.

Minutes later firefighters arrived, put out the flames, and discovered the body of 25-year-old Harleen Grewel, of Astoria, Queens, who is believed to have been Ahmed’s date. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ahmed was found and arrested at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn where he was treated for burns to his neck, arms, and legs.

He’s been charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated unlicensed operator, and speeding.

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