Brooklyn, NY - Moments after his vehicle caught fire, a man left the fully-involved, burning vehicle, and caught a cab while his date burned to death inside.
In a video obtained by ABC 13, Saee d Ahmad, age 23, is shown hailing a cab with his fully-involved burning vehicle in the background.
When the firefighters put out the fire, they found the body of a badly burned female, later identified as Harleen Grewal, age 25.
The incident occurred on Friday, October 13, about 4 AM on the Gowanus Expressway.
Ahmad lost control of his car, a 2007 Infiniti G35, and crashed into a concrete barrier.
The car had stopped facing eastbound in the westbound lanes between Hamilton Avenue and Prospect Expressway.
Police confirmed that Ahmad could be seen on the video, near his burning vehicle, approaching a cab and asking if he "could get a ride."
Apparently Ahmad went to Maimonides Medical Center, where he was treated for burns to his neck, arms and legs.
His brother, Waheed Ahmad, said that Saeed Ahmad wasn't "heartless" but was instead a "hero." Waheen Ahmad said that his brother lost his cell phone in the crash, and "was unable to call the ambulance", according to the New York Post.
He claimed that Saeed Ahmad had tried to get Grewal out of the vehicle, and that was how he was burned.
Waheen Ahmad also said that his brother "was in pain," "and since the ambulance wasn't coming" he asked the taxi to take him to a hospital.
Ahmad was arrested and charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated unlicensed operator, and speeding.
He remains hospitalized for his burns, and has been transferred to Staten Island University Hospital.
Grewal's family was reported to be "distraught" over the death of their daughter, and said that very few details have been released to them about what happened.
Neighbors have reported that Grewal's mother has not stopped crying since she learned of her daughter's death.