Driver in limo crash had pot in sys­tem

The Buffalo News - - FRONT PAGE - – New York Times

SCHOHARIE – The driver of a Ford Ex­cur­sion limou­sine that crashed in Schoharie last Oc­to­ber, killing 20 peo­ple, had a “sig­nif­i­cant” amount of mar­i­juana in his sys­tem at the time he died, ac­cord­ing to two peo­ple with knowledge of the driver’s post mortem tox­i­col­ogy re­port.

The au­topsy re­sults also re­vealed that the driver, 53-year-old Scott T. Lisinic­chia, had traces of anti-seizure med­i­ca­tion in his body, one of the sources said.

The in­for­ma­tion is likely to be a fo­cus in the de­fense of the crim­i­nal case pend­ing against Nau­man Hus­sain, Pres­tige Limou­sine’s 28-year-old oper­a­tor, who was charged with one count of crim­i­nally neg­li­gent homi­cide over what pros­e­cu­tors say was his fail­ure to keep the ve­hi­cle prop­erly main­tained.

Since his ar­rest last year, Hus­sain has re­mained the tar­get of a six-month crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion that’s being re­viewed by a Schoharie County grand jury. The panel is sched­uled to wrap up its work to­day.

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