VICTIMS of a horrendous car smash have been named as ‘loving and hard working’ men – one a husband to be – whose deaths inspired possibly the largest funeral yet at Harrow Central Mosque.

Jawad Qureshi, 28, was behind the wheel of a westbound Subaru Impreza that hit a central reservation and then crashed into a lorry travelling east on the North Circular in Arnos Grove, north London, and burst into flames.

He perished alongside passengers Haider Qureshi, his uncle, and friend Toheed Robani.

   
Haider Qureshi

Haider’s uncle Mohammed Abdullah Qureshi paid tribute to the trio, whose identities were only confirmed this week by the Metropolitan Police following the collision at 12.25am on October 23 last year.

His uncle said: “Haider was a very hard working and honest boy.

“He worked at Halfords and was supposed to be the manager soon because he was so hard working but unfortunately it ended like this.

“Nature follows its own course and time will heal, his mother can’t believe he is gone. All the family have been very supportive.”

Haider Qureshi, 28, of Westfield Close, Kingsbury, was married and had a four-year-old son, while his nephew Jawad Qureshi, also aged 28, lived in Headstone Drive, Harrow, with his parents and was a manager in a car park for Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport.

Mr Qureshi said: “Jawad was such a decent boy, so courteous and hard working. He was a gem.

“He was an exceptional boy, but unfortunately the time had come and he had to go. He was supposed to be getting married in a couple of months.”

Mr Qureshi remembers the last time he saw Jawad setting off to a gathering for people interested in fast cars.

He said: “I could see his face, that lovely face and he gave me a big smile. I can still imagine it.

“He was waiting for his cousin, who was supposed to go as well. But he had lost his mobile phone so he told them to go without him.”

Mr Qureshi, a founder and trustee of Harrow Central Mosque in Station Road, Harrow, said: “At the mosque there is a community hall and they offered this place for bereavement.

“For nearly 10 days we were there and people from all over the country, from as far away as Scotland, came to remember the boys.

“We have a large family but a lot of friends came as well. We want to thank them all.

“I have been in Harrow for 50 years and have been going to the mosque for more than 30 and I have never seen a bigger gathering.

“People told us at the funeral they loved the boys because of their personalities.”

Mr Qureshi estimates there were 2,000 people at the mosque for the funeral for Jawad and Haider while a separate service was held in Brent for the third victim, Toheed Robani, 34, who lived in Litchfield Gardens, Willesden.

Mr Qureshi did not know Mr Robani, who was married with two children, but said he has talked to people since who remember him as a nice young fellow.

Post-mortem examinations held at Haringey Mortuary in north London confirmed the cause of death of Jawad Qureshi and Haider Qureshi as multiple injuries and of Toheed Robani as head injuries.

Officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath Traffic Garage continue to investigate the crash. A spokesman said two men who were occupants of a Vauxhall Astra involved in the collision, and who were taken to hospital with minor injuries, were arrested and bailed until late February on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A donation page has been set up in the men’s names to raise money for a well, an incubator for a hospital in Syria and to sponsor an orphan through three separate charities and almost £3,000 of a £6,000 target has been raised.

To donate to go www.gofundme.com/5wmjuk