NEW YORK, Oct 11 (APP):The son of the owner of the limousine company involved in the deadly crash in upstate New York that left 20 dead has been arrested, according to American media reports on Wednesday.
Shahad Hussein, a Pakistani-American who is the owner of Prestige Limousine, the company that rented out the stretch limo, is currently out of the United States, but the report said he left the day-to-day operations of the company to his son, Nauman Hussain.
Nauman was charged with criminally negligent homicide, police said, but the man’s lawyer asserted that he wasn’t guilty and that police were rushing to judgment.
Citing sources, ABC News said that Nauman is being charged because he put a defective vehicle back on the road and hired a driver he knew was not properly licensed.
But the family of the driver, Scott Lisinicchia, said that he had a chauffeur’s license.
The Oct. 6 crash killed Lisinicchia, the 17 passengers and two pedestrians.
Lisinicchia’s driving history and the safety record of the vehicle are under scrutiny as federal and state officials investigate the crimes.
This comes after Lisinicchia’s family said he had expressed concerns about the company’s cars in the past.
A lawyer for the limousine company said the car failed the safety inspection over minor problems.
“As we understand right now, the inspections last month were minor things – windshield wipers, a latch on a window that needed to be fixed – and all those things were fixed,” lawyer Lee Kindlon, who represents Prestige Limousines, said on “Good Morning America”.
A spokesperson for the New York State Department of Transportation disputed that account, saying the vehicle involved in the Oct. 6 crash failed a Sept. 4 safety inspection.
The investigation into the crash, which National Transportation Safety Board chief Robert Sumwalt said is the deadliest transportation accident in the U.S. since August 2009, is ongoing.