COLUMBIA COUNTY, NY. (THECOUNT) — Boburmirzo Sharipov and Demetre Shepherd, both of Brooklin, New York, have been identified as the victims killed in a Friday night vehicle collision in Columbia County. Michael Shepherd, Demetre’s brother, suffered life-threatening injuries in the wreck.

“Bob” Sharipov, 20, and 17-year-old Demetre Shepherd, were both killed in a two-vehicle crash in Ghent Friday night. Elliot Largent, 35 of Philadelphia, has been identified as the other involved driver who suffered injuries in the crash.


According to reports, Sharipov and the Shepherd brothers, were traveling in a vehicle on State Route 9H near the Columbia County Airport, when for unknown reason, the vehicle crossed centerlines and into opposing lanes around 6:30 p.m. Friday. The vehicle then came into head-on contact with a vehicle operated by Largent.

The vehicle occupied by Sharipov and the brothers then burst into flames.

A bystander pulled the driver, Michael Shepherd, from the burning vehicle. He was transported to an area hospital with undisclosed life-threatening injuries.

Both Sharipov and Demetre Shepherd were pronounced dead of blunt force trauma and thermal injuries at the scene.

Largent was transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

According to a fundraiser, Boburmirzo Sharipov (pictured,) was a Syracuse University student heading home for Thanksgiving break.

“Boburmirzo Sharipov was a third year Syracuse University student, coming down to New York City to see his family for Thanksgiving Break. A tragic car accident took his life at 20 years old on his way home from Syracuse, at around 6:30PM on November 18th in Ghent NY. Bob was a family-oriented, goal-driven individual, with high hopes he was working towards with the biggest motivation. Everyone always gravitated towards him at any family gathering; always cracking jokes and lightening up any mood. His family cannot fathom & is still having trouble accepting what happened. We are hoping to raise money to help his family with burial and funeral. Even if you are unable to donate, leaving a comment with a memory of him would also be very helpful. Thank you”

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Columbia County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2020 census, the population was 61,570. The county seat is Hudson – Wikipedia.