LIMO OF DEATH OPERATOR RUNS INTO THE LAW
WHEN 20 people died in a limousine crash near Albany, N.Y. on Oct. 7, it was a perfect storm of tragic mishaps. According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the driver did not have the proper license to operate the limo. The vehicle — an illegally modified 2001 Ford Excursion — had failed safety inspections and reportedly “did not have a certification that it had been extended in a way that was compliant with federal law.” The company, Prestige Limousine, had a string of violations. Out of five inspections in two years, four resulted in vehicles being taken out of service. Owner Shahed Hussain was out of the country at the time of the accident, but his son, Nauman, who handled dayto-day operations, was arrested for criminally negligent homicide.
Shahed was revealed to be an FBI informant on terrorists after being charged in a money laundering scheme.
“If either of them were aware of the shortcuts taken and the safety failures that caused this disaster, they would face serious jail time,” said attorney Eric Nelson.
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