Harleen Grewal [right], burned to death in the passenger seat of a wrecked car, while the driver, Ahmad [left], left the scene in a cab to for hospital after crashing in Brooklyn, NY, in the early hours of Oct 13, 2017
“He had all the intentions to hurt one or more people on that day when he sat behind the wheel without a driver’s license [his license was suspended at he time], drunk, speeding and killing our daughter,” Grewal’s mother, Raejinder Singh, said through tears.
“Adding insult to her burning alive, he turned his back, took a cab casually with the intent that she burns to ashes and no one will know who was there.”
Saeed was unlicensed, drunk and driving recklessly when he slammed into the median near the Prospect Expressway about 4 a.m., prosecutors charged.
“He took cover to hide himself like a coward, selfish. Only he was important in that moment. He knew Harleen is there,” Grewal’s mom said. “He did not tell anyone or call 911. Why?”
“He took cover to hide himself like a coward, selfish. Only he was important in that moment. He knew Harleen is there,” Grewal’s mom said.
“He did not tell anyone or call 911. Why?”He pleaded guilty Nov. 27 to manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal crash.
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A grand jury indicted him on murder charges, but Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Guidice later ruled he could only be charged with manslaughter, sparing Ahmad a possible life sentence.
“Failure to summon aid is not a . . . factor in determining whether a homicide constitutes depraved murder,” Del Guidice wrote in his decision.
Grewal’s mom railed against the decision, and said wants to see the state’s Good Samaritan laws changed.
“If you are not a murderer, you will stay and call for help. Let us have the new norm in our justice system,” Singh said.
“I can understand the family of the deceased wanting a stiffer punishment, but I am constrained by the law,” the judge said. “I would recommend to the family of the deceased, reach out to the legislature, change the law.”
Dozens of Grewal’s friends and family sat stone-faced as Ahmad apologized, saying he hopes one day God and Grewal’s relatives can forgive him.
A drunk Saeed Ahmad, can be seen about to board a yellow cab on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, in NY, even as his Infiniti G35 burned in the background about 4 am on Oct. 13, 2017
“When she needed me the most in her life, I let her down. I let her family down. I let her friends down,” he said. “My actions took away any possibility of her leading a loving prosperous and successful life.”
Ahmad told police after the crash that he was dating Grewald, but friends said he was just a friend who gave her a ride home.