SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The man accused in the deadly Schoharie limo crash is suing the judge that threw out his guilty plea.
Nauman Hussain was set to be sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide. But Judge Peter Lynch refused to accept the plea because he wanted Hussain to spend time in prison.
Hussain’s attorney confirmed to NEWS10 that they filed a lawsuit to reinstate the original plea.
Twenty people died as a result of the limousine crash on October 6, 2018. Hussain is accused of not properly maintaining the Ford Excursion limousine. The limo, according to court documents, suffered from “catastrophic brake failure” that day.
In September 2021, Hussain pleaded guilty to 20 counts of criminally negligent homicide. In addition to probation from his previous plea deal, he is also prohibited from owning, operating, or working for any commercial transportation business.
Judge Lynch, however, wants Hussain to serve 1.3 to 4 years in prison. A trial date had been set for May 1, 2023.
The legacy of the crash reverberated throughout the region and the country. It prompted lawmakers to draft new legislation to reform safety measures in public transportation, private vehicles, and commercial service industry vehicles. These reforms—on the statewide and national level—have included new guidance for inspections and added requirements for wearing seatbelts.