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Pakistani Uber Driver Killed in Deadly Collision on Long Island Along With 3 of his 4 Passengers

Pakistani Uber Driver Killed in Deadly Collision on Long Island Along With 3 of his 4 Passengers

  • Farhan Zahid, 32, is father of 3. His distraught wife, Hifsa Ahmad, 26, has started a fundraiser for her husband’s funeral costs and living expenses.

A Pakistani Uber driver and three of his four passengers were killed this past weekend in Long Island, New York, in a deadly collision, when a speeding motorist going in the opposite direction veered into their lane and crashed into them head-on. 

Local news reports, citing an investigation by the Quogue Police Department, identified the Uber driver as 32-year-old Farhan Zahid of Bayshore, who died on the spot along with three of his passengers — Manhasset residents Michael O. Farrell, 20, his brother, James P. Farrell, 25, and Ryan J. Kiess, 25. Brianna M. Maglio, 22, of Garden City, Kiess’ girlfriend, another passenger in the Prius, remained in critical condition. The driver of the Maxima, Justin B. Mendez, 22, of Brookhaven, who police believe may have been speeding, was also killed in the crash. 

An Uber representative told NewsDay newspaper that Zahid had been driving for the company for about two years. “Our thoughts are with the families of Mr. Zahid and the four others who lost their lives in this heartbreaking crash and we hope the survivor makes a full recovery,” the company said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Zahid’s distraught wife, 26-year-old Hifsa Ahmad has started a fundraiser for her husband’s funeral expenses as well as the cost of living. She says on the GoFundMe page she’s at “a tremendous loss on how to explain it to my children that their beloved father is no longer with us.” The couple has three kids — son Ayan, 6, daughter Mishal, 3, and son Ahaan, 16 months. 

“The children have been asking since Sunday morning when their father is coming, Why is he still at work? Why isn’t he coming?,” she says on the GoFundMe page. “They don’t really understand what’s going on since they’re so young.” 

“Please help us during this challenging time. Our goal is to raise money for the funeral expenses as well as the cost of living,” she added.

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Zahid was the family’s sole breadwinner. 

According to NewsDay, Zahid and Ahmad were both born in Pakistan. Ahmad moved to Long Island, where much of her family lives, 13 years ago. Two years after they got married in Pakistan Ahmad brought her husband to the United States. That was five years ago, The couple eventually moved to Bay Shore. Ahmad was preparing to open a beauty parlor in her neighborhood, the NewsDay report said. The family was planning to travel to Pakistan in October to see Zahid’s sister get married. Instead, the family is coming to the U.S. to attend Zahid’s funeral.

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