TU report: Schoharie limo driver had marijuana, anti-seizure med in system

April 04, 2019 06:17 PM

There is new information on the deadly Schoharie limo crash that killed 20 people in the fall. The Times Union is reporting the driver of the vehicle had marijuana and traces of an anti-seizure medication in his system.

This report comes on the eve of final grand jury proceedings, where jurors are deciding if they should return a criminal indictment.


NewsChannel 13 hasn’t been successful in trying to independently verify what the Times Union is reporting. They're citing two sources that the driver who died in the crash Scott Lisinicchia had a "significant" amount of marijuana in his system at the time of his death. One source tells the Times Union he also had traces of anti-seizure medication in his body, according to those familiar with the toxicology report.

NewsChannel 13 reached out to his wife's attorney, George Longworth, in Westchester. He asked us to call back Friday. We've asked if he could confirm whether Lisinicchia was taking anti-seizure medication, what the condition he had was and whether he was a known marijuana user.

Lisinicchia was one of 20 people killed October 6, when the modified 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limousine he was driving crashed in Schoharie.

The NTSB is still investigating as is New York State Police. They didn't have a comment for us, neither did Defense Attorney Lee Kindlon, who represents the business operator of the limo company who remains charged with one count of negligent homicide.

Hear what the relative of one of the victims has to say about this, by watching the video of Jill Konopka's story.

DMV has the following statement on their website, talking about what they do when they receive a report from a doctor:

"If a physician reports that an individual has a condition that can affect his or her driving skills, DMV can suspend his or her driver license until a physician certifies that the condition is treated or controlled and the individual can drive safely. DMV can require that the physician recertify at a later time that the condition does not affect the individual's ability to drive. If DMV does not receive the required certification, DMV can suspend the driver license."


WNYT Staff

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