How to check a limousine company’s safety records

How to check a limousine company’s safety records

A limousine involved in an accident that killed 20 people in ny state failed an inspection last month and the driver didn't have a chauffeur's license, New York's governor said Monday.

Prestige Limousine, the company responsible for the vehicle, was being sent a cease and desist until the investigation is complete, Cuomo said.

"That vehicle was inspected by the New York State Department of Transportation last month and failed inspection and was not supposed to be on the road", Cuomo said. There is no evidence the state took any steps to do so.

Relatives said the limousine was carrying four sisters and their friends to a birthday celebration for the youngest.

"I think the fact that we have 20 fatalities in a single vehicle crash - 18 plus two pedestrians - that in itself is enough to certainly get the attention of the National Transportation Safety Board", Sumwalt said Monday in an interview.

After failing to stop at the intersection with State Route 30A, the vehicle drove into a parking lot where it struck a parked 2015 Toyota Highlander.

A lawyer for the limo company suggested the driver was unfamiliar with the roads.

"They had everything going for them", Abeling said.

Cuomo said the driver, 53-year-old Scott Lisinicchia, didn't have the necessary commercial license and that the limo had been cut apart and lengthened in a way that violated federal law.

The New York company that owns a supersized limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people says it has taken its cars off the road while probing what caused the wreck. "Prestige has a lot of questions to answer".

Meyer said his fleet undergoes state inspections every 6 months and an annual federal inspection.

"That is being analyzed for post-crash data", New York State Police Commander Major Robert Patnaude said. The Board is investigating the crash, including whether the limo had any mechanical problems.

Local officials have previously said the intersection was unsafe, with the potential to cause a deadly crash.

The owner of Prestige Limousine, Shahed Hussain, shares the same name and address as that of a former FBI informant who appeared as a witness in two United States cases in which prosecutors brought terrorism charges against defendants, transportation and federal court records showed.

In one case, he helped convict men accused of plotting to bomb NY synagogues.

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At trial, the jury heard testimony that Hussain was posing as a wealthy representative of a Pakistani terrorist organization. The crash Saturday in the town of Schoharie killed two pedestrians and 18 occupants of a limousine, including four sisters.

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His role at the Federal Bureau of Investigation was assailed by civil liberties groups, who accused him of helping the Federal Bureau of Investigation entrap people.

Hussain could not be reached for comment on Monday.

"I feel like my heart is sunken. It's in a place where I've never felt this type of pain before", said Karina Halse, who lost her 26-year-old sister Amanda.

Saturday's accident, which killed two pairs of newlyweds, four sisters from one family and two brothers from another, was the deadliest U.S. transport crash in almost a decade, according to federal authorities.

Factory-built limousines must meet stringent safety regulations.

A grand jury found that vehicles converted into stretch limousines often don't have safety measures including side-impact air bags, reinforced rollover protection bars and accessible emergency exits. They had to change out the vehicle, apparently.

"Those safety issues had been addressed and corrected", said Kindlon.

"We want to look at everything that we can related to the company that operated that limousine", Sumwalt said. His 17 passengers - including a newlywed couple - were killed in the crash. The vehicle was a Ford Excursion.

At no point do any of these stretch limos have to show how they perform in a crash test.

These kinds of limos have anxious safety experts for years: regular SUVs that have been jacked up, stretched out and converted into limousines.

"You just can't the stop something like that", Kindlon said. "And that may very well be what happened here".

He said the aim of the investigation was to determine how to prevent such a devastating crash from ever occurring again, and did not rule out that the probe could shed broader insights on the safety of passenger limousines themselves.

Lawmakers, including Democratic Sen.

Nearby residents complained to town code enforcement officials several times in recent years about the condition of Hussain's property.

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