A Frankfort teen on probation for reckless driving whose request to attend the
was denied this week by a judge who noted his apology letters hadn’t been sent said today he was “deeply sorry” and he’d given the letters to a probation officer two months ago.
“I am truly and sincerely sorry for what had happened almost three years ago, and will forever be,” wrote Raihan “Ray” Sayeed, 19, in an email to the Tribune. “I hope that the (injured family) can know the truth of why it took me so long to give an apology and how I was ordered not to make any contact until (a judge) said to do so.
“I hope they can find it in their heart to forgive me and to see that I am truly sorry. I was sorry from the second it happened and I have been remorseful every single day and will be forever.”
Sayeed said he gave the letters to a probation officer within three days of his November sentencing.
“I trusted in the probation officer to (send them),” he said.
Gerald and Marybeth Ryan were driving home from a birthday party three years ago when Sayeed, who was on court supervision for speeding, blew through a stop sign in Mokena and T-boned their car, causing it to roll three times.
Marybeth Ryan, now 63, spent a week in a Joliet hospital's intensive care unit with a lacerated liver and bile duct; broken facial
, ribs and arm; and partially severed tongue, records and interviews show. Her husband Gerald Ryan had a
On Monday, Judge Sarah Jones appeared annoyed when Sayeed sought permission while on probation to attend Sunday's Grammys and go on four or five unspecified family vacations.
She noted, before denying his requests, that he had been sentenced in November yet hadn't sent the apology letters.
Sayeed's probation officer said in court that she had the letters.
The judge allowed Sayeed, a sophomore at Loyola University
, to travel for medical-school interviews.
Sayeed previously had been found to have violated the terms of his $40,000 bail by leaving Illinois without permission to attend a Miami party for rapper
2010 release from prison.
Sayeed said today in his email that he was sorry he’d left the state without permission.
“I did not go to hang out with celebrities or to party,” Sayeed wrote. “I went because I love music and to fulfill commitments I had made.”
Prosecutors charged Sayeed, now 19, with felony aggravated reckless driving in the 2009 crash at Francis and Townline roads.
Sayeed was headed north on Townline Road when he veered around a friend's car, through a stop sign and into the intersection, striking the Ryans' Ford Focus.
The speed limit on Townline is 35 mph, and Sayeed was driving 62 mph two seconds before the crash, an accident report found.
Sayeed faced up to three years in prison. In November, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge and was sentenced to probation and ordered to be home each night by 10.
Gerald Ryan said this afternoon he hadn’t yet received the apology letters but was ready to move on.
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s all over with,” he said.