Patrick Sheehan


Wells Fargo banker, livery cab driver killed in Bronx crash that left one of them decapitated

The crash on the Hutchinson River Parkway killed driver Ata Noorzi, 51, and his fare, Patrick Sheehan, 54 — and left their combined seven children fatherless. An SUV was headed north on the parkway when the driver lost control, striking the cab and another SUV in the southbound lanes.

BY CLARE TRAPASSO , ERIK BADIA , LARRY MCSHANE , JOSEPH STEPANSKY NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: Saturday, November 9, 2013, 8:20 AM Updated: Sunday, November 10, 2013, 4:43 AM

Body parts littered a Bronx highway after a gruesome wreck Saturday killed two fathers — decapitating one — when an SUV went airborne and tore the roof off a livery cab.

The horrific crash on the Hutchinson River Parkway killed cabbie Ata Noorzi, 51, and his fare Patrick Sheehan, 54 — and left their combined seven kids fatherless, relatives said.

Noorzi, an Afghani immigrant, had two sons and two daughters, while banker Sheehan — the original Jack the Bulldog mascot at his alma mater, Georgetown University — was the dad of three boys.

“It’s always the good ones who go first,” said the cab driver’s brother, Obid Noorzi, as tears streamed down his face hours after the smashup.

Two people were killed, including one who was decapitated.
“He never did anything wrong. Never in trouble, not a parking ticket.”

The lethal ride came shortly into a routine morning run to the airport, with the Queens cabbie picking up Sheehan for a weekend business trip at his suburban Larchmont, N.Y., home.

The pair left the leafy block inside the 2010 Lincoln Town Car and headed for LaGuardia Airport — but only made it about 6 miles before tragedy struck.

As Noorzi drove southbound, a black SUV heading northbound suddenly careened wildly near the overpass at Orchard Beach Road around 7:10 a.m., cops said.

The 45-year-old driver skidded across three lanes, slammed into the median and sailed directly into Noorzi’s cab — tearing its roof off and killing both men inside, cops said.

The black SUV then slammed into a white SUV, bounced into the overpass and finally came to a stop on its roof.

Family members of livery cab driver Ata Noorzi weep at their Queens home after Noorzi, a father of four, was killed in a horrific car crash Saturday morning.
Witness Rafael Ramos, 29, was driving behind the livery cab and tried to help the doomed duo.

“I went to the taxi, but it was too late,” he said. “The driver and the passenger were dead. ... There was an arm in the road. It was horrible. It was really terrible to see.”

Both men died at the scene. Sheehan, police sources say, was decapitated.

A 1981 Georgetown University Yearbook photo of Patrick Sheehan, who was killed in a crash in the Bronx on Saturday.
A 1981 Georgetown University Yearbook photo of Patrick Sheehan, who was killed in a crash in the Bronx on Saturday.
The driver of the deadly SUV and a passenger survived the harrowing crash.

“He was lying on a side of the street, breathing heavily,” Ramos said of the SUV driver. “He was shaking. He wanted to find his phone so he could call his family.”

The driver, who lives in White Plains, was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center with his passenger. Both suffered serious but nonlife-threatening injuries, officials said.

Cops were pursuing a court order to get a blood sample from the driver to determine if he was drunk or high.

The 49-year-old woman driving the white SUV and her 15-year-old son went to the same hospital with minor injuries.

Sheehan’s brother Tim, 56, said his brother was the father of three boys — one in high school, the other two in college.

Sheehan was the original Jack the Bulldog mascot at Georgetown University, seen here in a 1981 yearbook photo.
Sheehan was the original Jack the Bulldog mascot at Georgetown University, seen here in a 1981 yearbook photo.
Sheehan, who was traveling for his job with Wells Fargo, was the first Georgetown student to don the Jack the Bulldog mascot costume for the Hoyas — back in 1977, according to a college alumni magazine.

“He was a funny, hardworking, very talented, creative guy,” said Tim Sheehan. “He knew how to tell a joke and put on voices and do impressions. ... He was a very loving brother.”

His hobbies included woodworking, and Sheehan made furniture — often working into the wee hours of the morning.

Neighbor Lori Pepe said the Sheehans had three dogs and a cat.

“He loved his family,” Pepe said. “He travels a lot, but he always sends postcards.”

Another neighbor burst into tears after learning about the death.

Both victims of the crash died at the scene.
“I feel so bad,” said the sobbing woman. “I’m so heartbroken. They’re just a very loving family.”

Obid Noorzi recalled his brother working long hours to put his four children through private schools. His family moved to the U.S. in the 1980s after losing one of their five sons during the Afghan war with the Soviet Union.

“He was such a kind, well-spoken, thoughtful and caring person,” said Noorzi. “I copied from him. I learned from him. I can’t believe he is gone.”

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'It was horrible. It was really terrible to see,' said a witness.
Noorzi ran his own business before beginning his career behind the wheel of a cab about 20 years ago. He was working for Skyline Credit Rides at the time of his death.

The cabbie was survived by his widow, who was too devastated to speak Saturday, along with his daughters Husna, 20, and Huseena, 18, and sons Abubarker, 17, and Imran, 6.

Dozens of family members poured into Noorzi’s Flushing home to console their relatives.

“He was the nicest person, a very honest person, a very hardworking person,” said Obid Noorzi.

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As a public-finance banker at Wells Fargo & Co., Managing Director John Patrick Sheehan served some “of the most prestigious hospitals across the country,” according to an obituary provided by the bank. Sheehan died in a car accident at the age of 54.

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John Patrick “Pat” Sheehan, beloved husband of Rebecca and devoted father of George, Thaddeus and Nathaniel, was killed in an automobile accident Saturday. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Pat was born on October 28, 1959. At his death, he was a managing director in Wells Fargo Securities public finance department. He received his BA in 1981 from Georgetown University, where he served as the school’s mascot. He earned an MBA from Columbia University in 1989. Pat’s interests were numerous, his friends many, and his enthusiasm for life infectious. In addition to his wife and sons, he is survived by his brother, Tim, his sisters, Margot and Barat, his mother, Martha, and hundreds of family and friends who never met anyone like him and will miss him a lot. Visitation hours are from 7:00 to 9:00 Wednesday evening at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Larchmont, NY. The funeral service will be held at St. John’s 11:00 Thursday morning.
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