The investigation continues in the Upstate New York limo crash, which resulted in 20 fatalities. On October 10, New York Police arrested Nauman Hussain, son of the owner of Prestige Limousine Chauffeur Service.
The owner of the Chauffeur Service has been contacted by State Police Major Patnaude and is currently in Pakistan. His son, Nauman, is the operator for Prestige, according to authorities.
Nauman Hussain has been charged with criminally negligent homicide. The lawyer representing Hussain claims he is innocent and plead not guilty in Schoharie Town Court. He posted bond at $150,000.
“The sole responsibility for that motor vehicle being on the road Saturday rests with Nauman Hussain,” – State Police Superintendent George Beach
Officials are working on a cease-and-desist order to stop Prestige Limousine from operating until the investigation is concluded. Police have seized three of their vehicles, in addition to the modified limo that was involved in the wreck.
Scott Lisinicchia, the driver who also was killed in the crash, was pulled over in the same limo on August 25 on Weibel Avenue in Saratoga Springs, where state police determined he did not have the proper license to drive it. Prestige Limousine was also notified of their employee’s inept licensing and was instructed he could not operate the vehicle until he obtained the correct license. Prestige Limousine’s lawyer insists that Lisinicchia was properly licensed.
Major Patnaude also stated, “That company and that vehicle have been under scrutiny of [Department of Transportation] in the past.” Inspection records show that one month prior to the crash, the modified Ford Excursion involved in the wreck received a violation for ABS malfunction indicators for hydraulic brake system. The state DOT had ordered the vehicle be taken out of service.
However, Hussain’s lawyer suggests that the state of New York could potentially be liable in this case. He questions the safety of the intersection where the crash took place.
So, who is to blame for the deaths of 20 people?
Was Hussein negligent of the safety of his vehicles? Was Lisinicchia unfit to drive the limousine? Is the state at fault for its hazardous roadways, or perhaps its law that does not require the use of seatbelts in limos?
The investigation is still underway, and the official cause of the wreck has not been identified.
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