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The limousine in Saturday’s upstate New York crash which killed 20 people had failed a recent safety inspection, and its driver did not even have the correct license to drive it.
Scott Lisinicchia, 53, was killed alongside a group of 17 relatives, friends and neighbors on their way to a surprise 30th birthday party when his limo ran out of control across an intersection and into a ditch.
Along the way it struck an unoccupied car and two pedestrians, who also died.
The article goes on to state the following:
Lisinicchia worked for Prestige Limousines, also known as Saratoga Luxury Limos and Hasy Limos.
Since 2016, four of the company’s vehicles have been taken out of service upon inspection, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration documents obtained by DailyMail.com.
New York Gov Andrew Cuomo confirmed on Monday that the company is no longer allowed to operate and is under investigation.
‘The owner of the company in my opinion, because there will be legal consequences, the owner of the company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road,’ Cuomo said while speaking at the NYC Columbus Day Parade.
I will be working with Senator Schumer and the New York delegation to have the National Transportation Safety Board explore the safety of these limos so that we can ensure an incident like this does not happen again.
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) October 8, 2018
What we know about the deadly New York limo crash, according to NY state police:
— CNN (@CNN) October 7, 2018
The Daily Mail also reported:
Questions are mounting over the cause of the accident, which happened in the town of Schoharie around 2pm on Saturday, and whether the condition of the limo was to blame.
The vehicle had been brought in as a replacement after a bus meant to transport the party broke down.
It belonged to Prestige Limousines and Lisinicchia was one of two drivers employed by the company.
Twenty minutes before the crash, passenger Erin McGowan – who died alongside new husband Shane – texted aunt Valerie Abeling to say the limo was ‘in terrible condition’, the Washington Post reports.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 8, 2018
Cuomo said the Ford Elimousine was owned by Prestige Limousine in the Albany area, but didn’t have the necessary federal certification to operate and failed a state inspection just last month.
— Wendell D. Edwards (@ABC3340Wendell) October 8, 2018
Limousine in horror crash which killed 20 had failed safety inspection because the driver did not have the right license https://t.co/g4Ne8b0k6S
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) October 8, 2018
JUST IN: Limousine involved in deadly upstate New York crash had failed DMV inspection last month and the driver did not have appropriate license to be operating the vehicle, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says. https://t.co/ZhpGwpFrJC
— ABC News (@ABC) October 8, 2018
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