Fifteen-Year-Old Boy Dies in Queens Crash


Posted on Aug 05, 2011

On Thursday July 14, fifteen-year-old Awsaf Islam was riding his scooter in Sunnyside. The next day, he died from injuries he sustained when a motorcycle and a livery cab crashed into him on July 14.
According to reports of the accident, Christian Mora was attempting to turn his motorcycle off of 48th Avenue and on to 45th Street when he hit the bumper of a livery cab, spun out and hit Awsaf. The livery cab was driven by Wessppim Depena, who had L.A. Lakers forward Lamar Odom as a passenger in the backseat. Mr. Odom was reportedly being taken to a barber shop in his old neighborhood while he was in New York for a cousin's funeral.

Mr. Odom and Mr. Depena were not reported injured in this crash. However, Mr. Mora and Awsaf were immediately taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center with serious injuries. Awsaf died the following day from massive head injuries.

Awsaf's mother was able to see him before he died. His father lives in the family's native country of Bangladesh. Awsaf's family decided to donate the child's organs after his death.

We extend our sincerest condolences to the parents, relatives and friends of Awsaf Islam following this fatal New York car accident.

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