New details emerge about driver of limo in Schoharie crash

October 10, 2018 12:04 AM

New details are emerging about the driving record of the man operating the SUV limousine that crashed in Schoharie killing 20 people.

The Times Union is reporting the driver, Scott Lisinicchia, was pulled over back in August.  According to a police report obtained by the Times Union the 53-year-old was stopped by a New York State Trooper in Saratoga Springs after transporting 11 people in the same limo in the crash.

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The TU said the report indicates that Nauman Hussain, who operates the limousine company Prestige Limo, was made aware that day back in August that Lisinicchia was not licensed to drive a large passenger vehicle. It said the Trooper told Lisinicchia he could not drive the limo until he got a proper permit. He was also ticketed.

According to our media partners at The Post-Star, Lisinicchia was ticketed for using a cell phone while driving in Glens Falls in 2015 and never paid the fine from the ticket.

The failure to pay the $125 fine could have resulted in his license being suspended. But the Post Star reports that it’s unclear from the records whether not paying it was reported to the State Department of Motor Vehicles or a suspension was sought.

In Saratoga Springs, police records also show Lisinicchia was issued three traffic tickets between 2010 and 2015. They were for failure to signal a turn, having an obstructed view while driving and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Lisinicchia’s widow has hired Grant & Longworth, LLP who issued the following statement on her behalf:

The Lisinicchia family is devastated by the horrific tragedy that occurred in Schoharie and their prayers go out to all the family that lost loved ones. They are mourning their husband, father and brother and they are also grieving for the other innocent souls who lost their lives. Mrs. Lisinicchia's husband Scott was a loving and caring man who never would have knowingly put others in harm's way. The family believes that unbeknownst to him, he was provided with a vehicle that was neither roadworthy nor safe for any of its occupants. We ask all members of the media and public to reserve judgment on the cause of the crash until the New York State Police and National Transportation Safety Board complete their investigations. Both agencies include some of the most highly skilled and well-trained accident investigators in the country. We also ask that you respect the family's privacy at this most difficult time.


Emily De Vito

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