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Pakistani American Teenager Killed in Crash on Long Island Described as a ‘Bright and Energetic’ Aspiring Doctor

Pakistani American Teenager Killed in Crash on Long Island Described as a ‘Bright and Energetic’ Aspiring Doctor

  • Hasan Suleman, 17, was driving back to his home from Wheatley School, where he was a senior when his SUV crossed the median and collided head-on with a Nassau Inter-County Express bus.

A Pakistani American teenager was killed last week after colliding with a transit bus amid slick road conditions on Long Island in New York. Hasan Suleman, 17, was driving back to his home in Old Westbury on March 9 from Wheatley School, where he was a senior when his SUV crossed the median and collided head-on with a Nassau Inter-County Express bus, news reports said. “The bus driver suffered minor injuries, but Hasan’s life could not be saved,” the reports added. According to News 12, there were no passengers on the bus at the time of the crash.

Funeral services were held for the young man two days later at the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, followed by a burial at the Washington Memorial Park in Mount Sinai.

A few hours later, his father Dr. Javed Suleman told Newsday that his son was “a bright and energetic boy” who “dreamed of becoming a doctor and loved computers, music and helping others.” The emotional father said Hasan was not just his son, “he was my friend.” Suleman, a cardiologist, is an associate professor at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Hasan’s sister, Saman Suleman, 22, called him “just the sweetest, most bubbly and energetic kid.”

Ever since the tragic death, family, friends, and neighbors have been gathering at the Suleman home to offer condolences and prayers. Lyla Khan told CBS News that the school principal and teachers had “such nice words to say about her cousin. “We know he must have been a light everywhere.”

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The family “had just returned from a celebratory two weeks together” in Pakistan, for Hasan’s older brother’s wedding,” Shahid Suleman, Hasan’s uncle told CBS.

Hasan was the youngest of three children who attended schools in the East Williston school district, Mark Kamberg, president of the East Williston Board of Education, told CBS.

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