The family of the limo driver involved in a crash that killed 20 people is asking everyone to 'reserve judgment'

Lori Van Buren / Albany Times Union / AFP/ Getty ImagesDistraught family members take in the scene October 7, 2018 in Schoharie, New York, one day after an accident in Schoharie, New York, that left 20 people dead.
  • The family of the limo driver in the crash that killed 20 people on October 6 is asking the public to “reserve judgment” as investigators handle the case.
  • They said the driver, Scott Lisinicchia, didn’t know the vehicle was unsafe.
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said the vehicle failed inspection and shouldn’t have been on the road, but the limo company denies safety infractions caused the crash.

The family of Scott Lisinicchia, the driver in the crash on October 6 that killed 20 people, 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,” Lisinicchia’s wife, Kim Lisinicchia, said in a statement.

On October 6, the limousine crashed and killed 17 passengers, who were on the way to a birthday party; the driver; and two pedestrians in the town of Schoharie, New York. On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said the vehicle failed inspection and wasn’t supposed to be on the road, and the driver didn’t have the proper licence to drive it.

New York state has moved to shut down the company running the limo service, Prestige Limousine. The company denies that safety infractions caused the crash.

In its statement, the Lisinicchia family said Scott Lisinicchia 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,” the statement said. “The family believes that unbeknownst to him he was provided with a vehicle that was neither roadworthy nor safe for any of its occupants.”

They said they’re grieving for everyone killed in the crash.

“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,” the statement said. “They are mourning their husband, father and brother, and they are also grieving for the other innocent souls who lost their lives.”

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