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Bangladeshi Lyft driver killed in vehicle collision

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A Bangladeshi American Lyft driver was killed when a drunk driver blew a red light and struck his vehicle in Queens, New York early Sunday morning, the New York Daily News reports.

Mohammed Hossain, 47, was giving his final ride of the night when 22-year-old Erik Chimborazo T-boned his car at 3:50 a.m. in the neighborhood of Maspeth. Emergency responders drove the Borough Park, Brooklyn, native to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where he died. His passenger suffered a broken femur.

Hossain, according to the Dhaka Tribune, immigrated to the U.S. from Bangladesh 12 years ago. He is survived by his wife and three kids, whom he financially supported by driving for Lyft and Uber.

“He was a young immigrant worker. Worked hard, never did drugs, never did anything wrong,” Rifat Rahman, Hossain’s sister, told the Daily News. “He was just a loving family guy.”

Prosecutors charged Chimborazo, whose blood alcohol level was allegedly twice the legal limit at the time of the crash, with vehicular manslaughter; operating a motor vehicle without insurance, a license or inspection certificate; and driving while under the influence.

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