Last weekend, a horrific motor vehicle accident in Schoharie, New York, killed over 20 victims. The incident began when a modified stretch limousine flew off of the roadway and collided into a parking lot. Two pedestrians were fatally struck by the limo, and all 18 passengers inside were killed as a result. The National Transportation Safety Board has labeled this incident the deadliest transportation-related accident in the country over the last 10 years.
Authorities immediately launched an investigation into what caused this tragedy. Almost right away, several red flags began surfacing about the company that was operating the limousine service. The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, confirmed to media outlets that the limousine driver involved in the accident did not even have the appropriate licensing to drive the limo. In addition, the vehicle recently failed a safety inspection issued by the state. According to detailed records, the limo was actually a modified 2001 Ford Excursion that was not safe for the passengers. Four of the five company vehicles that have recently been inspected by the state were ordered ‘out of service’ due to the numerous safety violations.
Scott Lisinicchia, the deceased driver of the limo, allegedly filed numerous complaints about the limo in question before the recent crash occurred. His widow told media reporters that she overheard her husband complaining, “I’m not going to drive this…you need to give me another car.”
As a result of the investigation, Nauman Hussain, the limo company’s operator, has been arrested. On October 10, he was charged with criminally negligent homicide.