Prosecutor Says Limo Driver Not Exonerated By Brake Work Report
On October 6, 2018, a limousine carrying 17 passengers crashed in Schoharie, killing all of the passengers, the driver, and two pedestrians. This made the incident the deadliest transportation accident since 2009. Investigation indicated that there had been several pre-existing problems with the limousine. There were also problems that caused the New York DMV to take the vehicle out of service, but the owner of the company used the limousine any way. Due to this accident, there have been a number of lawsuits filed against the owner of Prestige Limo, the driver’s estate, and the company that allegedly performed a vehicle inspection prior to the accident. The owner of the company is also facing criminal charges.
CBS 6 Albany reports that the Schoharie County DA has said that the owner of the limousine company has not been exonerated by recently revealed evidence.
Evidence given by a former manager of the Mavis Discount Tire where the limousine was inspected indicated that critical brake work had not been completed. Additionally, the employee said that records were falsified to say that the work had been done.
The attorney for the defense has said that this information exonerates the owner of Prestige Limousine. However, the Schoharie County District Attorney Susan Mallery said the recent revelation does not exonerate him.
State experts say that the crash was caused by catastrophic brake failure. However, the District Attorney’s office contends that if a new brake cylinder was not installed, it may have been because it was not needed.
She also says that if Hussein had completed the required state inspection, deficiencies would have been detected and the crash would not have occurred.