Report: Brake malfunction contributed to the limo crash that killed 20

Hans Pennink/PhotoThe driver reportedly did not stop at the stop sign.
  • Brake malfunctions contributed to the limo crash that killed 20, according to records reviewed by ABC 7 news.
  • The vehicle, which was inspected on September 4, had six violations – including one for “failure to correct defects noted on previous inspection report,” per the outlet.
  • On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the driver “did not have the appropriate driver’s licence to be operating that vehicle.”
  • The family of the driver, who has been identified as Scott Lisinicchia, said that he didn’t know the vehicle was unsafe.
  • Twenty people died in the crash on Saturday when the modified limousine collided with a parked SUV in upstate New York.

Brake malfunctions contributed to the limo crash that killed 20 on Saturday in Schoharie, New York. Specifically, the limo received a violation for “ABS malfunction indicators for hydraulic brake system,” according to documents reviewed by ABC News

The vehicle, which was inspected on September 4, had six violations, including one for “failure to correct defects noted on previous inspection report,” per the outlet. According to ABC, Prestige Limo, which owned the modified vehicle, had accrued 22 violations over the last two years. The state of New York has moved to shut down the business, ABC reports.

On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the modified limousine “was inspected by the New York State Department of Transportation last month and failed inspection and was not supposed to be on the road.” Cuomo also said the driver “did not have the appropriate driver’s licence to be operating that vehicle.”

The family of the driver, who has been identified as Scott Lisinicchia, said that he didn’t know the vehicle was unsafe.

“Scott was a loving and caring man who never would have knowingly put others in harm’s way,” Lisinicchia’s wife, Kim Lisinicchia said in a statement. “The family believes that unbeknownst to him he was provided with a vehicle that was neither roadworthy nor safe for any of its occupants.”

Members of the Lisinicchia family have also asked people to “reserve judgment” on the cause of the crash.

“We ask all members of the media and public to reserve judgment on the cause of the crash until the New York State Police and the National Transportation Safety Board complete their investigations,” the statement said.

Twenty people died after the modified limousine failed to stop at an intersection and collided with a parked SUV in Schoharie, New York, on Saturday, police said.

All 17 passengers in the vehicle died in addition to the driver. Two pedestrians also died. Two newlywed couples, four sisters, and their friends were in the car at the time.

The crash is considered the deadliest transportation accident in nearly a decade.

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