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Victim in Fatal Queens Blvd. Hit-and-Run to be Buried in Bangladesh

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | September 23, 2013 4:45pm
 Nisath Hossain was killed when she was crossing Queens Boulevard.
Nisath Hossain was killed when she was crossing Queens Boulevard.
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Faisal Riaz

QUEENS — A woman who died in a hit-and-run accident when she was crossing Queens Boulevard Saturday evening on her way home from work at McDonald's will be buried in her native Bangladesh, her grieving family said Monday.

Nisath Hossain, 58, "will be laid to rest next to her husband in Chandpur,” said Alok Kumar, a friend of the family.

Hossain had just left the McDonald's in Forest Hills, where she worked for eight years, around 10:20 p.m. when she was struck at 71st Avenue/Continental Avenue and Queens Boulevard.

The vehicle — a description of which was not immediately available — fled the scene, police said.

She was rushed to North Shore Forest Hills Hospital, where she later died, cops said.

Hossain's son, Faisal Riaz, said his mother's death in the crash on 71st/Continental Avenue and Queens Boulevard was the second loss in his family, after his father died from a heart attack two years ago.

“I lost everything,” said Riaz, 32, who lived with his mother in Elmhurst. “I’m all alone now."

Hossain and her husband moved to the U.S. in 1998 and Riaz was able to join them in 2009, relatives said. He has health issues and isn't able to work, friends said.

"She was a very hard-working person," said Kumar. "She had only one son, Faisal. He was her whole world."

Mohammed Faruk Mazumder, president of the Jackson Heights-based Rupashi Chandpur Foundation, said the organization is trying to raise about $5,000 for the funeral.

"He has nothing," Mazumder said about Hossain's son. "He needs our help."

No arrests had been made as of Monday morning, cops said.