CYPRESS HILLS — A UPS worker died after losing control of his motorcycle and plowing into a parked car on Jamaica Avenue Wednesday following a police chase involving a nearby group of bikers, cops said.
Eric Zaman, 25, was riding his 2008 Yamaha west when he smashed into a Honda Accord outside 323 Jamaica Ave. about 8:30 p.m., according to the NYPD.
Cops said Zaman had been riding near the group of motorcyclists being pursued by police, but was not part of the group.
But a source said that Zaman was part of the group being chased. It was unclear why the other bikers were being pursued or what caused Zaman to lose control.
Zaman was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.
“I’d like to know why they were chasing him,” said Zaman’s distraught dad, Mohamed Zaman, 65. “Right now, I’m handling the loss. I don’t want to speculate.”
Family and friends remembered Zaman as a hard-working UPS employee who dreamed of one day owning his own home.
They added that he loved riding his recently purchased bike and stayed out of harm’s way.
“There was no report of any wrongdoing... He’s not that type of kid,” Mohamed Zaman said. “It’s very troubling. It could’ve been avoided.”
Witnesses said Zaman was sitting upright on the curb moments after he crashed.
"He was bleeding and had a big gash in the back of his head by the right ear," said Alan Bailey, 60, who lives nearby.
"His eyes were open, but he was trying to spit out blood. He was in bad shape," Bailey said.
Three pedestrians were injured in the crash and also taken to Brookdale, sources and an FDNY spokesman said. One was listed in serious condition, while the other two had minor injuries, fire officials said.
Mohamed Zaman said regardless of what happened, he just wanted answers.
“We have to get to the bottom of it,” he said. “That’s my son.”