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'It doesn't bring him back' Cary family reflects on life of loving husband, brother after deadly high-speed crash

Posted September 17, 2021 12:21 p.m. EDT
Updated September 17, 2021 10:16 p.m. EDT

— A 16-year-old driver has been charged in a June crash that killed a Cary man, police announced Friday. The family of the man feels closer to justice following the driver's indictment.

The Baltimore teen was arrested on Tuesday by Morrisville police and charged with involuntary manslaughter, misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and careless and reckless driving. Police said he was driving 86 mph in a 30-mph zone on June 30 when Armin Roshdi was hit and killed.

Due to his age, the suspect's name was not released.

Roshdi, 49, was headed home on Morrisville Parkway from his job at a local Target store when a driver sped through a stop sign at Creek Park Drive and slammed into the side of Roshdi's car, according to a police report. The collision shoved Roshdi's car into a brick sign for a nearby subdivision, and the car's engine burst into flames.

"Nothing's going to make up for us," said Shaya Ghasemmi. "We cannot have my husband back."

Roshdi's family blamed illegal street racing for his death. His brother found hundreds of teens in a parking lot on High House Road in Cary, about 2½ miles from the crash scene, after learning on the Nextdoor app that teens gathered there weekly to race.

"It doesn't bring him back," said his brother Afshin. "And it's a sad, sad situation. For that kid, too."

"We have been devastated by the loss of our husband and father, Armin Roshdi, and are equally horrified by the senseless and reckless acts which caused his death," the family said in a statement Friday. "Although nothing can make up for the loss we have suffered, we look forward to the criminal and civil justice systems holding all of those responsible for Armin’s death criminally and financially accountable. What happened to Armin and our family should not happen to anyone."

The family has said it plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the teen.

"It was senseless, careless and reckless," Ghasemmi said in August. "He needs to pay the price for the thing that he did. Having one minute of fun, you're taking the life of somebody else."

The couple had emigrated from Iran for a better life and a better education for their daughter, and Roshdi worked two jobs to support that dream.

In August, the family got together to tell stories about Armin and celebrate what would have been his 50th birthday.

Morrisville spokesperson Wil Glenn told WRAL that there was no indication of street racing found during the investigation.

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