Driver in limo crash had pot in system
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.