Devastated four-year-old son of father killed in head-on smash with ‘driver fleeing police in stolen car’ is ‘so grief-stricken he is unable to speak’
- Shahid Islam, 36, was killed in a crash with an allegedly stolen car on Tuesday
- His wife laid him to rest in Brisbane on Friday with more than 150 mourners
- Mr Islam was on his way home to his wife and son after cleaning their new house
- His four-year-old son Saahir has reportedly ‘gone quiet’ since the tragedy
- The driver of the allegedly stolen car Jordan Cubby, 28, has been charged
Four-year-old Saahir Islam is refusing to speak after his father was tragically killed in a head-on crash with a driver who was allegedly fleeing police in a stolen car.
Shahid Islam, 36, was killed instantly in a head-on smash on the Gympie Arterial Road in Bald Hills, Brisbane late on Tuesday night.
The father was on his way home to his wife and son, after cleaning his family’s new house that they were due to move into on Saturday.
Mr Islam, an IT expert and avid cricketer, was laid to rest on Friday at Mt Gravatt Cemetery.
His wife Ferdousi, a part-time nurse, was so overcome with grief she was unable to stand.
Four-year-old Saahir Islam (centre) is refusing to speak after his father Shahid (right) was tragically killed
Family friend Nazmul Khan described Mr Islam (pictured with his wife) as a ‘lovely person’
His son Saahir has now reportedly ‘gone quiet’ as he tries to comprehend what has happened to his father, according to The Courier Mail.
Mr Islam was driving his Mazda sedan when he crashed into an allegedly stolen Mitsubishi SUV driving on the wrong side of the road.
The car was allegedly driven by Jordan Cubby, 28.
Cubby’s front-seat passenger, a 32-year-old man, was also killed while a 32-year-old woman in the back seat was rushed to hospital in critical condition.
Straight after the crash, Cubby was arrested and allegedly spat blood at police who detained him, according to reports.
He was charged with a string of offences while in his hospital bed early on Thursday morning.
The charges were evasion, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, serious assault of a police officer and dangerous operation of a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm or death while excessively speeding.
Friend of the family Maxi Haque, 36, said Mr Islam’s remains would remain in Australia rather than be repatriated to his home country of Bangladesh so that Ferdousi and Saahir would always visit him.
‘We decided to keep him here because Saahir will grow up here, so he and Ferdousi can go visit him,’ he said.
Pictured: The crash site following the collision between the two vehicles
He also said Mrs Islam had postponed moving into the family’s new home.
‘We were discussing it today and trying to plan things around whether she wants to… first head back to Bangladesh to be with her family to mourn properly,’ he said.
He also explained that the wider community’s outpouring of support had touched the family and is helping Ferdousi cope.
A GoFundMe campaign has been setup to help Shahid’s grieving family with their mortgage, having had more than 900 donations in less than 24 hours.
Mr Islam (pictured with his wife) He had been cleaning his family’s new house in Griffin before they were due to move in on Saturday