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Woodside cab driver indicted for fatal collision that killed an Astoria deliveryman in LIC last November: DA

A Woodside cab driver was arrested Tuesday morning and arraigned later in the day in Queens Supreme Court for driving in the wrong direction on Northern Boulevard and causing a fatal collision that killed an Astoria deliveryman on a scooter last fall. File photo by Lloyd Mitchell

May 21, 2024 By Bill Parry

A Woodside man was indicted by a Queens grand jury for allegedly driving the wrong way on Northern Boulevard and striking and killing an Astoria delivery man who was riding a scooter in a head-on collision last November.

Mohammad Bhuiyan, 48, was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on Tuesday on an indictment charging him with criminally negligent homicide and other crimes in the fatal collision that killed 59-year-old Antonios Spyropoulos, of 29th Street, as he was making deliveries for DoorDash.

According to the allegations in the indictment, on the night of Nov. 27, 2023, Bhuiyan was behind the wheel of a 2023 Toyota Rav4 yellow taxi that had just exited the 59th Street Bridge at 11:51 p.m. and was traveling eastbound on Northern Boulevard when he veered into the westbound lane of traffic for approximately 300 feet before he plowed into Spyropoulos as he operated a 2020 Yamaha XMAX scooter.

The victim was driving a licensed and insured vehicle while making DoorDash deliveries. Spyropoulos sustained substantial trauma to his body and was rushed by EMS to Elmhurst Hospital, where he received treatment. He succumbed to his injuries several days later and died on Dec. 1, 2023.

Following an investigation by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad and the Queens District Attorney’s Vehicular Homicide Bureau, Bhuiyan was indicted by a grand jury. An arrest warrant was subsequently issued and Bhuiyan was apprehended Tuesday morning by the NYPD’s Queens Warrants Squad.

“It is the moral obligation of every single driver to ensure the safety of those we encounter on our shared roadways,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. “The victim was driving to make a food delivery when the defendant allegedly drove on the wrong side of the roadway, hitting the victim head-on and causing several injuries that led to his death.”

Bhuiyan was also criminally charged with reckless driving and failing to obey passing safety markers. He was arraigned before Queens Supreme Court Justice Ira Margulis who ordered him to return to court on June 20. Bhuiyan faces a potential maximum of one-and-a-third years to four years in prison if convicted.

“A vehicle is capable of inflicting drastic damage and my office will continue to ensure that drivers who break the law are held responsible in this borough,” Katz said. “My thoughts are with the victim’s loved ones at this time.”

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Mohammad Bhuiyan

Is it ok to ask “what is the immigration status of Mohammad Bhuiyan

Sara Ross

This is what happens when you give the written permit test in every language on the planet. The last 20 years, I’ve noticed more drivers (many who have out of state license plates) driving who are definitely not born and raised here. I know someone who took Access A Ride and every driver had an accent and she wasn’t able to communicate with him – even asking him a simple question. A driver’s license is a privilege – not a right.


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