On March 20, 2021, a Lyft driver was killed in a crash at a busy intersection in Queens. The Lyft driver was transporting a passenger at the time of the crash. He suffered minor injuries and a broken leg. The other driver was unlicensed and has been charged accordingly.
Mohammed Hossain was transporting his last Lyft passenger for the night when a 2014 Ford Explorer T-boned him. Hossain was driving a 2016 Toyota RAV4 south on Fresh Pond Road in Maspeth. It was nearly 4:00 a.m. when the collision occurred at the Eliot Avenue intersection.
According to a witness, the Ford Explorer driver was going “80, 90 mph when he hit them.” Hossain, 47, has texted his wife moments before the crash, letting her know he was on his way home. Hossain was transported to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Hossain’s sister, Rifat Rahman, 28, spoke with NY Daily News about the crash: “He was a young immigrant worker. Worked hard, never did drugs, never did anything wrong. He was coming home. He texted his wife, ‘I’m coming home right now.’ He was just a loving family guy. He took care of everybody’s children – took care of my children, took care of everyone’s children. He was just great. This drunk driving has to stop. I’ve seen so many cases like this.”
The driver of the Ford Explorer was 22-year-old Erik Chimorazo of Bushwick, Brooklyn. In April, he posted a photo of the SUV was his Facebook profile picture. After the crash, he was taken to the hospital for evaluation before being charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving with his ability impaired by alcohol, driving without a license, and driving a vehicle that lacked insurance and an inspection certificate. His arraignment is pending in Queens Criminal Court.
Hossain’s death comes amid an uptick in traffic violence that city officials have blamed on reckless drivers speeding. According to NYPD data, at least 106 people have died in accidents from January 1, 2021, through June 8, 2021.
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