The memory of a young Leeds man who died in a car crash could live on in the shape of a well in India.
Haji Mohammed Ahsaan Ali, from Roundhay, Leeds, was remembered by family, friends and colleagues at his funeral held at the Bilal Mosque, in Conway Road, Harehills, on Tuesday, April 24.
The 21-year-old, who worked at the O2 call centre in Beeston, died when the Toyota Yaris he was driving left Roundhay Road, in Harehills, and collided with a traffic light pillar on Saturday at 12.15am.
His colleagues plan to set up a fundraising appeal for the well in his name in Assam, north east India.
Mum Saffeen Ali, 39, said she last saw her son around 45 minutes before the accident when he was doing the final prayer of the day at home.
She said: “In my heart – being a Muslim – it is like Ahsaan is going to go straight to heaven. There’s that feeling that he’s not going to suffer.
“He had the best of both worlds. He had his mates, he loved football and supported Arsenal and loved tennis but he never used to miss his prayers.”
Family and friends rushed to the scene, where Ahsaan’s car had overturned near the junction with Gledhow Valley Road, but were ushered away by police.
Mr Ali was driving a friend home at the time of the incident. The pal escaped serious injury.
Saffeen said: “Every child respected Ahsaan, he was the eldest out of all the grandchildren on both sides of the family.
“We shared everything together, he was my best friend – one in a million.”
Ahsaan’s father Asghar Ali, 46, said paramedics spent nearly an hour trying to resuscitate him before he was pronounced dead at Leeds General Infirmary.
His grandparents flew home from Pakistan after hearing of the accident on Saturday evening but after they returned, sadly Ahsaan’s great aunt died on Sunday.
Ahsaan’s aunty, Shameem Zaman, 36, said: “Nobody had anything bad to say about him. He always had a smile on his face and always helped people.”
As a child he attended Gledhow Valley Primary School and Allerton Grange High School, before pursuing a career at O2.
One family tribute posted on Facebook read: “We will think of you as everyday passes and as you were the oldest of all of us, you left us the right path to follow.”
Family friend Coun Ghulam Hussain (Lab, Roundhay) said: “It is a very unfortunate situation, my condolences go to the family.”
* A 23-year-old man, who was driving a Nissan Micra, was released on bail after his arrest on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Witnesses should call 01924 293047.