Saturday 19th September 2020: The West Indian Community was shocked to learn of the passing of popular dj, Udesh Hariprasad aka DJ Frontline Soundz. Details of Motorbike accident are still forthcoming but the accident occured on 120th St & Linden Blvd, Queens, NY 11420, USA where Hariprasad’s Motobike came into contact with a car.
Hariprasad affectionately referred to as Harry was also an aspiring singer and sang the song O Meri Jaan.
A beloved Queens DJ, the father of two girls, was thrilled to hear his wife was expecting a baby boy next year.
But his dream of welcoming the newborn disappeared in a lethal instant at a neighborhood intersection, with motorcyclist Udeshnauth “Harry” Hariprasad killed after his bike skidded into the front end of a 2014 BMW 535i sedan.
“He’s the type of guy who was always excited, always jovial,” longtime friend Roshan Shiwcharran recalled Tuesday. “If he walked into a room and saw you were sad or upset, he comes over to lift you up, cheer you up. That’s really who he is.”
The 40-year-old Hariprasad leaves behind two daughters, age 16 and 14, along with his three-months pregnant spouse. The wife hasn’t slept since the Friday crash took her husband — who walked away from two earlier crashes, said her brother Avinda Persaud.
“It’s a huge shock to them,” said Persaud. “He was pretty young but he also had a presence. He was a strong person. He would get knocked down but he could always pull through. No one really believed this would happen to him.”
Citywide, motorcycle deaths are up 75% this year as of Monday, with 35 fatal crashes so far in 2020 compared to 20 by this time last year.
The 40-year-old victim was just a mile from his South Ozone Park home, headed to a neighborhood Home Depot, when he crashed Friday.
In one of the prior wrecks, Hariprasad flipped over the front of the motorcycle after he was rear-ended, said Persaud.
Hariprasad and his wife immigrated from Guyana shortly after the turn of the century, and were married in Queens.
“His entire life was music and his family,” the brother-in-law said of the man known professionally as DJ Frontline. “If he wasn’t with his family, he was out playing music somewhere, DJing, doing shows. That was his entire life.”
Facebook videos from a memorial service showed Hariprasad’s eldest daughter Divya bravely remembering her dad.
“He might not be physically with us, but his soul and spirit is alive,” said the teen. “He will always be with us. And dad, I know you’re watching over us right now. We love you so much and we will always love you.”
The victim, who also worked as a FedEx diesel mechanic, was an experienced motorcyclist.
Cops said the BMW was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of 120th St. and Linden Blvd. as Hariprasad approached on his bike.
As the BMW started moving forward on 120th St., Haripersaud’s 2006 Honda CBR motorcycle, headed west on Linden Blvd., skidded onto its side and struck the the car, with the mortally-injured motorcyclist left lying in the street, police said.
Hariprasad died a day later at Jamaica Hospital from head and body injuries. No charges were filed against the uninjured 30-year-old BMW driver.
A funeral is planned for this coming Tuesday, with the victim’s parents headed from their home in French Guiana for the sad farewell.
“His wife, the family, the devastation is just beyond . . .” said Shiwcharran, his voice trailing off. “His daughter, she would look at his picture and start screaming and faint.”
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