A Lyft driver was killed when his car was struck by an unlicensed driver at a busy intersection in Maspeth early Sunday morning.
Mohammed Hossain, 47, was driving his final passenger of the night when his Toyota RAV4 was T-boned by a Ford Explorer at the intersection of Fresh Pond Road and Eliot Avenue. The accident occurred at 3:50 a.m., just moments after Hossain reportedly texted his wife that he would be home soon.
Hossain was rushed to Wyckoff Height Medical Center where he later died. His 20-year-old passenger suffered only minor injuries.
Devastated family members visited the on Sunday to mourn the loss of the Bangladeshi immigrant. Hossain lived in Borough Park and had three children.
The driver of the Explorer, 22-year-old Erik Chimborazo was arrested at the scene. He has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, drunk driving, and driving without a license. His vehicle had no inspection certificate and the Bushwick resident never got the car insured.
According to NYPD data, 106 people have died in car crashed in 2021, up from 80 during he same time period last year. Many blame the problem in part on emptier streets due to the pandemic for emboldening reckless drivers.