Police arrest operator of New York limo company involved in deadly crash
Oct 11 2018
The son of the owner of limousine company in the deadly crash that killed 20 people on Saturday was arrested Wednesday by State Police and charged with criminally negligent homicide.
Police say they have charged a limo service operator with criminally negligent homicide after a crash that killed 20 people in upstate NY.
The company that owned the 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limousine was being sent a cease and desist order to halt operations until the crash is investigated, Cuomo said at New York City's Columbus Day Parade on Monday.
The limousine ran off the road Saturday at the bottom of a long hill in Schoharie, 25 miles west of Albany.
But Lisinicchia was still driving in the deadly crash on a rural road in Schoharie that killed the him, 17 passengers and two bystanders at a country store at the scene.
The driver of a limousine involved in a deadly crash in upstate NY was stopped in August by a state trooper in the same vehicle and told he lacked the proper license to drive the limousine.
But State Police said the trooper did not have the legal authority to seize the plates or the vehicle during that stop. A funeral Mass will be held at the church on Saturday morning. Four of the Gansevoort, New York-based company's limos were cited for 22 maintenance violations this year, though none was deemed critical.
Mr. Kindlon told CBS News on Tuesday that the "safety issues had been addressed and corrected", saying many were minor.
After the September 4 failed inspection, the state affixed a sticker taking the vehicle out of service, the DOT said. He suggested the driver, who died in the crash, might have misjudged his momentum on the hill.
Sumwalt at news conference on Sunday said investigators would determine the cause of the crash at a later time.
"I think, frankly, the Department of Transportation and the state of NY is doing a great job in saying, 'Look over there!"
Kim Lisinicchia ( lihs-ih-NIHK'-ee-uh) tells CBS in an interview broadcast Wednesday that her husband, Scott, stated several times that he needed a different vehicle but then trusted the company's assurances that its "cars were all right. For over 20-plus years he drove a tractor-trailer", Kim Lisinicchia said.
Hussain, operator of Prestige Limo, was taken into custody following a traffic stop on Interstate 787 near Albany.
A statement issued previously through the Lisinicchia family's lawyer said he would never have "knowingly put others in harm's way".
Kim Lisinicchia told CBS in an interview broadcast Wednesday that her husband repeatedly said he wouldn't drive the auto the way it was.
The limo company had said problems with the vehicle had been corrected.
Another newlywed couple, 34-year-old Erin Vertucci and her husband, 30-year-old Shane McGowen, were also passengers in the limo at the time of the crash, their family members wrote on Facebook. "I am in no way trying to make it seem like it's about me or my husband. I have to stand for him, 'cause nobody else will".
Services have been set for some of the victims, including 24-year-old Savannah Devonne Bursese, of Johnstown, N.Y., the accident's youngest victim. A private service is planned for Friday.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that a limousine that crashed and killed 20 on Saturday should not have been on the road.
They were killed along with her three sisters: Mary Dyson, Allison King and Abby Jackson and his brother Rich Steenburg, reports the New York Times. Cuomo said the driver did not have proper licensing and that the vehicle had failed inspection last month.