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Limo in Horrific Crash Shouldn't Have Been on Road

It had failed inspection, and its driver was not properly licensed, governor says
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2018 2:38 PM CDT
People place flowers, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at the scene where 20 people died as the result of a limousine crashing into a parked and unoccupied SUV at an intersection a day earlier, in Schoharie, N.Y.   (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

(Newser) – The limousine involved in Saturday afternoon's horrific crash shouldn't have been on the road. It failed an inspection last month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. In addition, the driver, who died in the upstate New York crash along with his 17 passengers and two bystanders, was not properly licensed to operate it, Cuomo said. The governor, speaking at a Columbus Day Parade, said the state is going to court to get a cease-and-desist order barring Prestige Limo, the Wilton business that operated the limousine, from operating any others, at least until the National Transportation Safety Board and the State Police finish their investigations into the crash. It also emerged Monday that the owner of Prestige Limo is a former FBI informant who has testified in two high-profile terrorism cases, the Albany Times-Union reports. The New York Times notes the owner's son might manage the day-to-day operations of the business, and has more info on the terrorism cases. More of the latest:

  • The cause: "We don't yet know the cause of the accident, if it was a vehicle malfunction, if it was a driver malfunction or driver error," Cuomo said. Chris Fiore of the New York State Police tells CNN it's also not clear whether the limo was speeding, whether the vehicle's brakes were functioning correctly, or whether any of the passengers were wearing seatbelts; rear passengers are not required to in the type of limo involved in the crash.

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