Private hire driver Muhammad Asim Riaz was one of three people who drowned in a tragic incident on Sunday 25 July at Loch Lomond. Colleagues will now raise money for his family and son, who remains in intensive care.
The Scottish private hire driver community will take part in a "Driver's Salute" by lining up along a section of the funeral procession route in Glasgow later this week.
Muhammad was member of the Glasgow branch of the ADCU (App Drivers and Couriers Union ) - which is also organising a fundraiser in support of Muhammad's family: https://actionnetwork.org/.../in-memory-of-muhammad-asim.../
Mr Riaz was one of three people who lost their lives after getting into difficulty in the water near Pulpit Rock at Loch Lomond.
The 41-year-old driver from Glasgow had jumped into the water with Edina Olahova, 29, after seeing their children get into difficulty. A Scottish man rescued Mr Riaz's son, but Rana Haris Ali, nine, and the two adults couldn't be saved.
The ADCU has shared their condolence following the death of fellow union member.
A statement by ADCU said: "It is with a profound sense of sadness that we have learned of the death of our fellow union member, Muhammad Asim Riaz, who tragically passed away while trying to save the lives of his friend's two children after they fell into distress in water over the weekend. Heart-wrenchingly, one of the children, Rana Haris Ali, also passed away alongside Muhammad, as did the child's mother, Edina Olahova.
"Muhammad was known, personally, by several members of our branch committee and by many members of our union branch.
"We are all in a state of shock and grief, and our hearts are heavy today. Life is the most fragile of things and to see that fragility so close to home is jarring.
"Our thoughts are with the Riaz, Ali and Olahova families at this time and we offer our deepest and most heart-felt condolences. We are, truly, so sorry for your loss.
"The branch will be organising a crowdfund for the family and we are also asking our union members to attend the funeral of Muhammad later this week and form a procession of private hire vehicles to take part in a “Driver's Salute”, en-masse, as brothers-in-arms, to pay our final respects to our late friend and colleague."
PHTM extends our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and work colleagues of Mr Riaz.
Eddie Grice, Glasgow Chair, added: "This news has shook us pretty hard. It's such a tragedy. We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families and offer our hand out in support. Anything we can do for them, we are here.
"In times like this, the private hire driver community pulls together. This is what unity is all about. Pulling together and holding each other up in times of need and supporting each other's families when the worst happens.
"We would do this for any of our members as well as drivers not in the union alike."
Over £1,000 has been raised so far for Mr Riaz's family with a target of £2,500 set. To donate, please visit https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/in-memory-of-muhammad-asim-riaz/
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