Defense in Schoharie limo investigation examining wreckage

May 23, 2019 10:49 PM

The defense team in the Schoharie limo crash investigation that claimed the lives of 20 people last fall got its first chance to look at the stretch 2001 Ford Excursion limousine at the center of the investigation.  Up until this point, the defense team representing Nauman Hussain only saw the outside of the vehicle as well as a few specific parts. 

There was a three-hour delay due to a memorial service at Troop G Headquarters in Latham, but at 1:30 Thursday afternoon defense attorney Lee Kindlon, who represents the business operator of the limousine company charged in the deadly crash last October, finally gained access to the limo in question. A team of forensic experts was also there from SKE Forensic Consultants out of New Jersey.


The amount of time it's taken for the defense to get this first up close and personal look at the limo prompted Kindlon to request a 60-day extension in the deadline for pre-trial motions. It was granted and a new trial date was set for January 6, 2020.

NewsChannel 13 cameras captured the defense team walking into the NYSP barracks in Latham includingSKE Forensic Consultants . According to that company's website, they specialize in all aspects of accident reconstruction, while also addressing liability concerns.

The defense team tells NewsChannel 13 their inspection is focusing heavily on the braking system, along with smaller components. Many photographs were being taken and documented.  The NTSB was on hand as well.  A spokesman for that agency says their final report is months away. 

NewsChannel 13 speaks with defense attorney in limo crash investigation

Twenty people were killed October 6 when the stretch limousine owned by Prestige crashed at an intersection in Schoharie before careening down an embankment by the Apple Barrel Restaurant.

Hussain pleaded not guilty to a 40 count indictment last month. The state says the vehicle should not have been on the road.

Kindlon had said the inspection would have a heavy focus on the vehicle's braking system and they're expected to take however much time they need to get their work done, so they can explain to the jury and the public why Hussain is not guilty.

NewsChannel 13 has requested the latest court documents filed in Schoharie. We're still waiting on those.


WNYT Staff

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