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Family of Schoharie limo crash victim moves forward with another lawsuit

December 11, 2018 06:21 PM

ALBANY -- The attorney for the family of Amanda Rivenburg has filed a notice of intention with the Attorney General's office. 

Attorney Sal Ferlazzo argues that the state failed to make that intersection safer, and failed to take the altered limo off the road.
 
Amanda Rivenburg was one of 20 people who died in October, when a limousine carrying 18 people went down a hill, through a stop sign, into the parking lot of the Apple barrel, and crashed into a ravine. 

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Ferlazzo represents Amanda's parents.  He says NYS DOT didn't do enough to prevent the crash. 

"Here, for example, in 2008, there was already a difficult intersection. It was very foreseeable, they made changes to try to prevent further accidents. Our expert indicates it wasn't enough," said Ferlazzo. 

He said the signage and road configuration and safety measures at a dangerous intersection were not adequate. 

He also says the state didn't do enough to get the limo off the road. 

"The DOT should have shut down this vehicle, taken its license plates because of the failures, not just slap a little sticker on it, but actually take affirmative action," said Ferlazzo.

A spokesperson for NYS DOT responded that the vehicle was never authorized by the state to operate or carry passengers, and that DOT placed the vehicle out of service after inspecting it in a random roadside inspection, but that the owner removed the sticker. 

Owner Nauman Hussain has been charged with criminally negligent homicide. 
 
Now, on the federal level, local members of Congress are trying to close a loophole, putting forward bipartisan legislation to make modified limos subject to the same safety checks as new vehicles sold. 

Ferlazzo says the families of the victims, thrown together by tragedy, will be working together to try to get some justice for the lives lost. 

He also represents the Rivenburgs in a lawsuit against the owners and operator of Prestige Limo, Nauman and Shahed Hussain.


MORE INFORMATION: Read the full notice here.

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