Schoharie, N.Y.

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

High­way car­nage: com­pany owner was charged with crim­i­nally neg­li­gent homi­cide this week in con­nec­tion with a hor­rific crash of a stretch limo that killed 20 peo­ple. The com­pany, Pres­tige Li­mou­sine, has a his­tory of non­com­pli­ance with safety re­quire­ments; the driver wasn’t li­censed to op­er­ate the con­verted 2001 Ford Ex­pe­di­tion, au­thor­i­ties said, and the ve­hi­cle failed an in­spec­tion last month. Seven­teen friends were headed to a birth­day party when the limo sped down­hill through an in­ter­sec­tion and rammed an empty car and a tree in a park­ing lot. The driver, all pas­sen­gers, and two pedes­tri­ans were killed, mak­ing it the dead­li­est trans­porta­tion ac­ci­dent in the U.S. since a 2009 plane crash killed 50. Among the dead were four sis­ters and their spouses. Stretch limos are mod­i­fied af­ter man­u­fac­tur­ing and ex­empt from many of the safety reg­u­la­tions that gov­ern other pas­sen­ger cars. The son of a li­mou­sine

Can­dle­light vigil

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