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Limo service sued over collision that killed 20

November 20, 2018   by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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ALBANY, N.Y. – The operators of a limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York were grossly negligent in putting the “dangerous and defective” vehicle on the road, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by one of the victim’s parents.

Amanda Rivenburg, 29, was among 18 people in the limousine that barrelled through a stop sign at the bottom of a hill and crashed into a ravine in rural Schoharie, New York on Oct. 6. Two pedestrians also were killed.

The lawsuit, among the first filed since the tragedy, seeks unspecified damages in state court from Prestige limousine service owner Shahed Hussain and his son Nauman Hussain.

Nauman Hussain has pleaded not guilty to a charge of criminally negligent homicide. State police have said Shahed Hussain is in Pakistan.

The lawsuit claims that limousine operators kept it on the road after it failed inspection for brake problems and other issues. A windshield sticker placed on the limousine by state transportation officials deeming the vehicle “unserviceable” was removed before the accident, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit seeks damages “based on the grossly negligent, wilful misconduct and complete indifference exemplified by the defendants and their conscious disregard to the health and safety of the patrons.”

A lawyer representing the Hussains said she had no comment on the pending litigation.

Rivenburg lived in the Albany area and worked for a non-profit that helps people who have disabilities.

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2 Comments » for Limo service sued over collision that killed 20
  1. Lucy Manni says:

    The vehicle should have been taken away from the owner brought to a service center and kept there and storage charged to the owner. If within 30 days the owner does not have the vehicle repaired then it is sold and the proceeds given to a non-profit organization . That’s the only way to solve this, but letting the limo company keep the car the state transportation officials put lives at risk.

  2. Kristin says:

    Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the families of those involved in the limousine accident in New York this past weekend.
    We take safety very seriously and being licenced in the City of Calgary & the City of Edmonton requires our vehicles pass inspection multiple times a year & that our drivers are licenced appropriately. We cannot stress enough that when you are searching for a limousine service for your special occasion that you ensure that they are licenced with the respective city.
    Maximum capacities are set for safety purposes by governing bodies and should never be exceeded as happened in this case.

    AM PM Limo & Party Bus Calgary

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