Updated: November 05, 2020 11:42 PM
Created: November 05, 2020 10:51 AM
Over two years after the tragic limo crash in Schoharie claimed 20 lives, officials with the National Transportation Safety Board have finished their investigation.
The report said if Prestige Limo had properly maintained the brake system in the 2001 Ford Excursion, it probably would have been able to stop safely at the intersection of Routes 30 and 30A in Schoharie.
"Today's NTSB report got us a lot closer to more full explanation,” defense attorney Lee Kindlon said.
The 103-page report said the improper vehicle maintenance and licensing of the driver falls on Mavis Discount Tire, Wilton Truck Center, Prestige Limo, the driver himself as well as the New York State Departments of Transportation and Motor Vehicles.
Kindlon, the attorney representing Prestige Limo operator Nauman Hussain, said the report reinforces what he's been saying about this case all along.
"We've been saying since day one it can't just be that we point the finger at one guy and call it a day because then you know it's never not going to happen again,” Kindlon said.
NewsChannel 13 received this statement from DMV and DOT officials:
“Prestige demonstrated egregious disregard for public safety by willingly, knowingly and recklessly evading state oversight in operating the crash vehicle in direct violation of state law. NTSB‘s own report on this crash reaffirms that Prestige repeatedly violated New York State law and was never authorized at any time to operate for-hire commercial passenger vehicle service in the State. We exercised our full authority under the law.”
The NTSB believes there are similarly ill-equipped vehicles out on roads across the country right now, putting the public at risk.
Kindlon hopes the proceedings motivate transportation officials to do something about them.
"We all want safe roads I think this process is going to get us a lot closer to that,” he said.
Kindlon said they are doing everything they can to move forward with the criminal trial. He said with coronavirus restrictions, it's been difficult to find a location large enough to accommodate families of the victims, members of the press and courthouse staff.
Stay tuned to NewsChannel 13 for updates on this story.
You can read the full report by clicking here.
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