Lawyer for limo company denies safety violations led to deadly crash

Lawyer for limo company denies safety violations led to deadly crash

Lawyer for limo company denies safety violations led to deadly crash

One of the victims of the upstate NY limousine crash that killed all 18 aboard and two pedestrians had texted concerns about the "terrible condition" of the limo less than 20 minutes before tragedy struck, her aunt says.

While officials continue to probe what happened, NBC News is reporting that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has revealed the Excursion failed an inspection last month. Local media reported the limousine was carrying a wedding party.

Two vehicles were involved in the crash, which occurred just before 2pm at the intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30A.

Sumwalt said that the stretch limousine that crashed on Saturday afternoon had at least some seat belts, but that it was unclear whether any of the passengers were wearing them.

Cuomo said officials are working on "a cease-and-desist order to stop Prestige Limousine from operating until the investigation is concluded".

The New York intersection where a limousine crashed, killing 18 people headed to a birthday party, is notoriously known as a risky intersection that officials have attempted to fix without success, a nearby store owner and officials said.

She told the New York Times the limousine was going down the hill at "probably over 60 mph" on a road with a 50 mile-per-hour speed limit.

The limo was bound for a Cooperstown brewery when it crashed on a winding road in rural Schoharie, about 160 miles north of New York City.

"This is the most deadly transportation accident in the country since February of 2009".

Newlyweds Shane McGowan and Erin Vertucci McGowan were also killed, according to their aunt, Valerie Abeling.

Limousines built in factories are already required to meet stringent safety regulations, but when cars are converted into limos, safety features are sometimes removed, leading to gaps in safety protocols, the grand jury wrote.

"I've always known it be a loving community", US Rep. Paul Tonko said.

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Mrs Steenburg was also a newly-wed. I don't know how to say it.

Their aunt, Barbara Douglas, told the New York Postthey were "beautiful girls".

After speeding through the intersection at an estimated 60mph on Saturday, the limousine crashed into an unoccupied vehicle in the auto park of the Apple Barrel Country Store and struck two people.

"They did the responsible thing getting a limo so they wouldn't have to drive anywhere", Douglas said.

She and her husband Rob lived in Watertown, New York, according to her Facebook page. "We have had three tractor-trailer-type trucks run through the stop, through our driveway and into a field behind the business", she said. Two pedestrians were also killed.

Details are just beginning to emerge from the horrific limousine crash in upstate NY which claimed 20 lives.

Records indicate that the limousine company involved in the crash is owned by a noted Federal Bureau of Investigation informant.

Members of the National Transportation Safety Board work at the scene of yesterday's fatal crash, in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. The couple married in June and were among a tight circle made up mostly of old high school and neighborhood friends from Amsterdam, New York.

Twenty people lost their lives in Schoharie when the 2001 Ford vehicle hurtled through an intersection, rammed into a parked SUV and ended up in a ravine. The NTSB is investigating Saturday's crash.

But the driver, Lisinicchia, did not have the commercial drivers license with a passenger endorsement he would have needed to legally operate the limo.

"What they're here to do at this point is collect the perishable information the information that can go away with the passage of time", he said.

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