Speed Limits To Remain The Same At Deadly Limo Crash Location
The Schoharie limousine crash was the deadliest transportation-related disaster in the United States since the 2009 Colgan Air Flight 3407 crash outside Buffalo. It was the deadliest road disaster since a 2005 bus fire in Wilmer, Texas killed 23. 22 people total were killed, including the driver and two pedestrians.
The limousine involved in the accident had been put out of service by the state due to faulty brakes and numerous other issues. Because the limousine should have been out of service, the owner of the limousine company is now facing criminal charges. The State of New York is also facing lawsuits filed on behalf of the surviving victims and the families of the deceased.
Despite these lawsuits, which cite speed limit concerns on the road the crash occurred, Spectrum Local News reports that the DOT has no plans to lower the speed limit.
Officials say that no changes will be made to the road where the Schoharie limousine crash occurred.
The lawsuit, filed by the family of Amanda Rivenburg, alleges that State Road 30 has an unsafe speed limit. The state is also accused in the lawsuit of not posting signage that adequately warned drivers of the intersection.
The lawsuit also alleges that the NYDOT should have pulled the limousine from service in the first place. A spokesperson from the DOT said that the speed limit in the area is in compliance with standards. They also stated that there is no indication that speed was a factor in the crash.
One of the reasons the state may not be making changes is because that may be an admission of liability in the lawsuit.
A lawsuit has also been filed against the owner of the limousine company, stating that his negligence caused the vehicle’s brakes to partially fail. Residents in the area say that the hill the crash occurred on is hard on vehicle brakes. Preliminary investigations revealed that the DOT had ordered the vehicle off the road due to issues with the limo’s brakes.
The owner of the limousine company, Prestige Limousine, is facing 20 counts of manslaughter and 20 counts of criminally negligent homicide as well as civil litigation in the incident.