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Schoharie limo case being introduced to grand jury

March 22, 2019 06:00 PM

NewsChannel 13 Investigates has learned the case involving the deadly limousine crash in Schoharie that claimed the lives of 20 people is now being introduced to a grand jury.

Sources tell NewsChannel 13 for the first time on Friday in Schoharie County, a grand jury was presented with evidence related to the deadly stretch limousine crash on October 6, 2018. That crash claimed the lives of 17 passengers, the 53-year-old limo driver and two pedestrians.

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According to a preliminary NTSB report, the Prestige Limo owned 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limo sped through a stop sign and collided with an SUV in the Apple Barrel Country Store parking lot before landing in a ravine and crashing into an embankment.

NewsChannel 13 was there Friday morning as Schoharie County District Attorney Susan Mallery and an assistant made their way into the courthouse.

Sources say for the first time, a grand jury is being presented with evidence in connection to the deadly limousine crash.

This specific grand jury was impaneled January 18 and is scheduled to meet three more times over the next two weeks.

A grand jury is made up of regular citizens who decide whether there is enough evidence to put a defendant on trial for a crime. If a grand jury finds there is probable cause for charges submitted by the prosecutor, the grand jury can vote to return a criminal indictment.

So far, Nauman Hussain, the business operator of Prestige Limo, has pleaded not guilty to one count of criminally negligent homicide.

NewsChannel 13 reached out to Defense Attorney Lee Kindlon. He says he can't comment on grand jury matters.

The NTSB and State Police are still investigating. They are looking into the limo's modifications and mechanical condition as well as DOT and DMV oversight.

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