BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
HUNTINGTON, LONG ISLAND - Danyal Cheema, a 24-year-old Uber driver, is facing manslaughter charges in the car-surfing death of, Ryan Mullen, 15, of Laurel Hollow, and a St. Anthony's High School student who was on track to graduate in 2020. Ryan Mullen and two of his friends hired an Uber on Sept. 23, and paid Danyal Cheema $40.00 to let them car surf on top of his Toyota SUV to make a Snapchat video. Mullen suffered a traumatic brain injury and died hours after he arrived at a friend's house following the ride.
"This was an incredibly bad decision by the defendant, a bad decision by the boys involved, obviously," Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said. "But at the end of the day, that defendant is an adult contracted to safely bring those boys home, and he failed to do that."
"Words cannot describe how deeply troubled we are by this incident. Our thoughts are with the rider's family during this difficult time. This driver has been permanently removed from the app," Uber said in a statement.
Funeral service will take place Saturday at 9:15 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, located at 400 Main St. in Huntington. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ryan's name to: The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown NY 11787. www.Guidedog.org.
Shawn W. Anderson
Jessica K. Mattingly
Roy Albert Andrade