Publicado: Mier, Octubre 10, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Limousine In Deadly Crash Had Been Modified To Fit More Passengers

Limousine In Deadly Crash Had Been Modified To Fit More Passengers

Mr Cuomo told reporters the vehicle failed a state vehicle inspection last month and the driver did not have the correct permit to operate a limo with passengers.

The startling revelations brought more anguish to those grieving the deaths of 20 people in the quaint town of Schoharie.

"The vehicle appeared in awful condition", Abeling told The Washington Post, remembering a text sent by Erin.

Relatives said the vehicle had been rented as part of a 30th birthday celebration. There were newlyweds and young couples and four sisters, all on their way to revel at an upstate NY brewery. Authorities didn't release the names of the victims or speculate on what caused the limo to run the stop sign.

A similar safety issue arose in the 2014 crash that injured comic Tracy Morgan and killed his friend, comedian James McNair: The luxury limo van had been modified to block exit doors, which made it hard to reach the victims. Two pedestrians and all 18 people in the limo celebrating a woman's birthday died. "This is something that has concerned the NTSB for years, which is these half-limo, half-van vehicles that may not meet the highest safety standards".

He posed as a terrorist sympathizer in at least three investigations.

"This may be a small city, but we are a huge city with a huge heart and just like the sign says, we are 'Amsterdam Strong.' Right now it's hard to bear what we have to bear, but we will get through it". The passengers were headed to a 30th birthday party. Those kinds of altered vehicles have anxious officials, said Peter Goelz, former managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board. She compared them to "Frankenstein laws for Frankenstein vehicles".

"The driver needed what what's called a CDL, a commercial driver license with a passenger endorsement".

But Lisinicchia's twin brother Keith said he was an experienced and conscientious driver who was properly licensed.

The state ordered the company, Prestige Limousine, shut down.

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Valerie Aberlie told CNN that her niece Erin Vertucci; her husband, Shane McGowan; and 16 friends were travelling in a 2001 Ford Excursion along State Route 30 in upstate NY, when they failed to stop at an intersection, and collided with a parked SUV around 2 p.m. Saturday.

Federal motor carrier safety records indicate the company had a spotty record: Of five inspections over two years, four resulted in vehicles being taken out of service.

In a statement Monday, the limo company said it "extends its deepest condolences to the family members and friends of those who tragically lost their lives on Saturday".

"The owner of the company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road", the governor said.

He said a federal government and state police investigation are ongoing, and the cause of the accident remains unclear. McGowan's aunt, Valerie Abeling, told CNN her niece had texted a friend saying the company had sent the stretch limousine to replace a vehicle that had broken down. Lengthening the vehicles and adding new seating configurations can undercut the federally mandated safety features designed by the original manufacturer, according to crash-worthiness experts.

Now, Hussain faces the prospect of an avalanche of lawsuits for the crash that killed 20 people, as well as possible criminal charges.

He said authorities were able to figure out the limo's direction of travel and what occurred based on evidence found at the crash scene.

"If an entire engine clock is moved back and crushed, there had to be a lot of force and energy with that crash", NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said Monday.

In the 2014 limo crash in Cranbury, N.J., that almost killed comedian Tracy Morgan and left another man dead, the NTSB found none of the passengers were wearing seat belts, which contributed to the severity of the injured.

"She was such a charismatic person and she just wanted to make sure everyone was happy and I'm so grateful that she was my sister out of everyone else on this earth", Karina Halse said of her sister Amanda on Good Morning America. "I believe the jaws of life were here on the side of one of the fire trucks", local Bridey Finnagen said. The front end of the limo was crushed, forcing the engine into the driver compartment, NTSB officials said, describing the substantial "force and energy" required to create such extensive damage.

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