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Taxi Driver Found Indicted for Causing the Death of Greek-American

NEW YORK – Antonios Spyropoulos met a tragic death in an accident caused by a taxi driver who was driving in the wrong lane on November 27, 2023. Mohammad Bhuiyan, 48-years-old, was indicted on May 21 by a Queens grand jury and has been arraigned in Queens Supreme Court.

Through his reckless driving, Bhuiyan ended Spyropoulos’ life in a traffic accident that occurred on Northern Boulevard in Queens. According to the NYPD Highway District’s Collision report Spyropoulos was killed by a yellow taxi driver heading east in the westbound lane of Northern Boulevard. The report states that Spyropoulos was riding a 2020 Yamaha XMAX 300 scooter, while Bhuiyan was driving a 2023 Toyota Rav4. Bhuiyan had exited the 59th Street Bridge and drove 300 feet in the wrong direction, hitting Spyropoulos, who was on his scooter for work-related reasons.

The 59-year-old was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. His condition was already critical, and despite the efforts of medical personnel, he succumbed to his injuries on December 1.

“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. She noted that, “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.”

Queenspost.com reported that “Bhuiyan was also criminally charged with reckless driving and failing to obey passing safety markers. He was arraigned before Queens Supreme Court Justice Ira Margulisn, who ordered him to return to court on June 20, 2024.

“Bhuiyan will return to court on June 20 for sentencing,” Queenspost.com noted, adding that “he faces a minimum sentence of one-and-a-half years in prison, with a maximum of four years, depending on mitigating factors.”

“A vehicle can cause irreparable harm, and my office will continue to ensure that drivers who break the law are held accountable. My thoughts are with the victim’s loved ones at this time,” concluded Katz.

Spyropoulos, who was buried in Greece, worked as a manager at well-known restaurants including Joanna’s on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, Palio, Cinema Restaurant 34, and many other establishments, making a name for himself in the dining industry.

(Material from Queenspost.com was used in this report)

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