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Investigation continues into limo company involved in Schoharie crash

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) - New York State Police said the company that owned the limousine involved in the fatal Schoharie crash had recently failed an inspection and was not road worthy.

Two driver vehicle examination reports were sent to NEWS10 ABC by an anonymous, concerned citizen. The reports show that safety warnings were sent to Prestige Limousine twice. The most recent warning was sent one month before the crash.

The first report was taken in March 2018 where a 2001 Ford stretch limo matching the year, make and model of the vehicle was cited by the Department of Transportation for several violations, including a hydraulic brake line that was dangling and making contact with an axel.

It was also cited for an inoperable emergency exit window and emergency side door.

By New York State law, the company had 15 days to fix the problems, but it’s unclear if they did.

Months later, on September 4 – almost one month before the fatal crash – a second inspection showed problems still existed with the emergency exits as well as the brake system.

NEWS10 went to Prestige Limousine’s office on Tuesday, but no one answered. The company’s attorney said the vehicle had passed inspections and their focus was on the driver, Scott Lisinicchia, who did not have the required license to drive the stretch limo.

“We are currently looking into the licensure of the driver,” attorney Lee Kindlon said.

Lisinicchia also died in the crash. On the GoFundMe page established to help his family, some left angry comments. His wife, Kim, said she was overcome by grief.

“And I’m in mourning; that’s all,” she said. “I love my husband.”

NEWS10 asked DOT several times to confirm the reports, but they did not call or email back. The driver’s family’s attorney released the following statement:

The Lisinicchia family is devastated by the horrific tragedy that occurred in Schoharie and their prayers go out to all the families that lost loved ones. They are mourning their husband, father and brother and they are also grieving for the other innocent souls who lost their lives. Mrs. Lisinicchia’s husband Scott was a loving and caring man who never would have knowingly put others in harm’s way. The family believes that unbeknownst to him he was provided with a vehicle that was neither roadworthy nor safe for any of its occupants. We ask all members of the media and public to reserve judgement on the cause of the crash until the New York State Police and the National Transportation Safety Board complete their investigations. Both agencies include some of the most highly skilled and well trained accident investigators in the country. We also ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this most difficult time.


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