Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Limo deaths: The faces of America's worst horror crash in decade

Limo deaths: The faces of America's worst horror crash in decade

Twenty people were killed when the SUV-style stretch vehicle careened out of control on Saturday in Schoharie, a town in NY state, killing all 18 occupants and two pedestrians. Some victims lived in the small city.

"The entire GF community is extremely saddened by this incident and we are working closely with the families to provide comprehensive support", Laura Kelly, the company's vice president of global communications, said in a statement. He's a Democrat from Amsterdam. The passengers were headed to a 30th birthday party.

The NTSB, a federal agency, is investigating the crash and will look at the adequacy of regulations for limousines, whose passengers are not required to wear seat belts.

The limousine struck an unoccupied 2015 Toyota Highlander, New York State Police First Deputy Superintendent Christopher Fiore said at a news conference Sunday.

The driver in the deadly upstate limo crash was busted twice on drug charges during the past eight years - including once during a traffic stop, according to reports published at the time.

The Gansevoort, New York-based company said it pulled its cars from the road voluntarily. "One of them had one child". "We know that the auto ran a stop sign and had a tragic result".

And it is the deadliest transportation accident overall since February 2009, when a plane crash near Buffalo, New York, killed 50 people, said National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt.

The brewery trip had been planned to celebrate her niece Amy Steenberg's 30th birthday, Douglas told CBS News.

"Sometimes, people just don't follow the law" that already exists, he said.

Investigators plan to examine the mangled limo's data recorders and mechanical systems as well as the road, which has a history as a danger spot. The limo driver also died along with two pedestrians. The phone line at Prestige Limousine was disconnected.

The owner of Prestige Limousine, Shahed Hussain, shares the same name and address as that of a former FBI informant who appeared as a witness in two U.S. cases in which prosecutors brought terrorism charges against defendants, transportation and federal court records showed.

In 2004, he testified in a case stemming from a Federal Bureau of Investigation sting operation against two men who were charged with money laundering as part of a plot to import missiles to NY. In one case, he helped convict men accused of plotting to bomb NY synagogues.

Albany-area attorney Dana Salazar, who represented Hussain in a civil case, says she knew of his background as an informant but didn't have knowledge of his limo business. Stretch limos typically go without these pillars, making a side impact much worse than it ever would be in a vehicle.

On Monday, a law-enforcement official told ABC News that Lisnicchia was behind the wheel of the stretch limo that blew past a stop sign and plowed into the parking lot at the Apple Barrel Country Store & Cafe parking lot in Schoharie, New York, on Saturday afternoon.

The sister of one of the women killed on Saturday said her heart is "sunken" and she's in a "place where I've never felt this type of pain before". Before Amanda Halse received her sister's reply, she died in the crash. All 18 occupants and two bystanders were killed, police said Sunday.

A limousine carrying several couples to a birthday party failed to stop at an intersection in upstate NY and struck a parked vehicle, killing 20 people in the deadliest transportation accident in the United States in almost a decade, according to authorities and a family member.

"We don't know the cause of the accident, if it was a vehicle malfunction, if it was a driver malfunction (or) a driver error", Cuomo said.

The limo failed inspection.

When she got out of her vehicle, she saw a body on the ground, she said.

The intersection has always been a concern for locals, reported The Associated Press.

Grieving relatives have identified some of those killed in the crash.

Senate Leader John Flanagan on Monday called Patrick Cushing an "extraordinary" employee and "wonderful young man".

Douglas said three of the sisters were with their husbands.

"It's clear that stretching a limo can put the wheels in motion for a bad tragedy", Schumer said then in a press release.

So, last Wednesday, she posted a selfie of the two of them on her Facebook page.

Two of the couples were newlyweds, the paper said.

The close nature of those killed Saturday can be seen in the comments of Amy Steenburg's post from last week, specifically in a comment about the couch.

Valerie Abeling, the aunt of victim Erin Vertucci, said her 34-year-old niece and her niece's new husband, were victims. Two of the couples were newlyweds. One of the victims, Abby Jackson, was a teacher there.

The Jacksons left behind two daughters, Archer and Elle, ages 4 and 1.

The store manager, Jessica Kirby, told The New York Times that the limo was coming down a hill at "probably over 60 miles per hour [100kmh]".

Jessica Kirby is managing director of the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe in Schoharie (skoh-HAYR'-ee) NY.

"There have been tractor trailers that have come barreling down that hill and it was a miracle they didn't kill somebody", said Tavenner.

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