Brother of man who left friend in a burning car says he's a hero

The brother of a driver who left a woman trapped inside a burning car in the US said he is a hero.

Saeed Ahmad, 23, crashed a 2007 Infiniti G35 sedan into a concrete barrier in Brooklyn and grabbed a taxi while his friend Harleen Grewel, 25, sat in the burning car.

“He did not just run away from the scene. He lost his phone in the car [and was] unable to call the ambulance,” his brother, Waheed Ahmad, 21, told the New York Post.

Ahmad allegedly left his friend in the burning car. Source: Facebook

“He tried to get her out. That’s how his hands and his legs and his neck got burned. He couldn’t get her out. The fire got too crazy. It just burned so quick."

Harleen died at the scene with her charred body discovered by fire fighters after they extinguished the flames.

Ahmad took a taxi to Maimonides Hospital in Borough Park because he "was in pain" and since “the ambulance wasn’t coming”, he asked the taxi to take him to hospital.

Footage shows a man believed to be Ahmad getting into a taxi. Source: ABC7

Police caught up with Ahmad at hospital and charged him with criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and speeding.

Ahmad is said to be "emotionally distraught".

"Every time they ask him about what happened, he’s crying and screaming. His friend burned alive," Ahmad's unnamed friend said.

Video obtained by ABC 7 shows flames engulfing the car as a man walks toward a waiting cab, gets inside, and is driven away.

Harleen Grewel was allegedly left in the burning car. Source: Facebook

“Can I get a ride?” he can be heard asking the cabbie.

Police say Ahmad lost control of his car before hitting the concrete barrier.

He is being treated for burns to his extremities at the Staten Island University Hospital.