Limo in Schoharie crash failed recent inspection

October 09, 2018 06:52 PM

SCHOHARIE - There were red flags that were either ignored or weren't considered serious enough to keep the fateful limo involved in Saturday's deadly crash in Schoharie off the road.

According to federal inspection documents posted on the U.S. Department of Transportation website, the fateful limo was cited for 14 violations 32 days prior to the crash.

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Albany Attorney Lee Kindlon, who represents the Hussain family that owns Prestige Limousine Service, says he believes no one should be playing the blame game before the official investigation is complete.

"We believe in the fullness of time, the investigation is going to show that there are a lot of different factors to this crash," Kindlon stated. "The state trying to point the finger at one particular thing 48 to 60 hours after the tragedy is probably a little premature."

Some of the violations listed on the inspection report of September 4, 2018, have nothing to do with the roadworthiness of the vehicle. For example, the name of the operator needs to be on display and the government certification number also needs to be in plain view. The report says they weren't.

It also says the limo had been carrying more passengers then the manufacturers engineered it to carry.

In addition, the brake malfunction indicator light on the dashboard wasn't working properly, the windshield wipers were defective and deficiencies uncovered during previous inspections had been ignored.

Kindlon says the company is fully complying with the investigation.

"Right now there's a lot of paperwork," Kindlon said. "Maintenance records, ownership records and things like that."


Dan Levy

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